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A group of islands of the northeast West Indies east of Puerto Rico, divided politically into the British Virgin Islands to the northeast and the United States Virgin Islands to the southwest. Originally inhabited by Arawaks and Caribs, the islands were sighted and named by Christopher Columbus in 1493.
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(Placename) a group of about 100 small islands (14 inhabited) in the Caribbean, east of Puerto Rico: discovered by Columbus (1493); consists of the British Virgin Islands in the east and the Virgin Islands of the United States in the west and south. Pop: 136 649 (2013 est). Area: 497 sq km (192 sq miles)
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a group of islands in the West Indies, E of Puerto Rico: comprises the Virgin Islands of the United States and the British Virgin Islands. Abbr.: VI, V.I.
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|Noun||1.||Virgin Islands - a group of islands in northeastern West Indies (east of Puerto Rico) discovered by Christopher Columbus in 1493; owned by United States and Britain|
Virgin Islands National Park - a national park in the Virgin Islands having tropical plants and animals; sandy beaches and coral reefs
the Indies, West Indies - the string of islands between North America and South America; a popular resort area
British Virgin Islands - more than 40 northeastern Virgin Islands (15 inhabited); a dependent territory of the United Kingdom
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