Kuril Islands

geographical name Ku·ril Islands \ˈkyu̇r-ˌēl, ˈku̇r-; kyu̇-ˈrēl, ku̇-\
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Kurile Islands

\ˈkyu̇r-ˌēl, ˈku̇r-; kyu̇-ˈrēl, ku̇-\play

Definition of Kuril Islands

  1. islands in the Pacific between Russia (southern Kamchatka) and Japan (northeastern Hokkaido); belonged 1875–1945 to Japan; now controlled by Russia with Japan claiming the southernmost islands area 6023 square miles (15,600 square kilometers)

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