Orkney Islands

geographical name
Ork·​ney Islands | \ ˈȯrk-nē How to pronounce Orkney Islands (audio) \

Definition of Orkney Islands

islands of northern Scotland constituting an administrative area; capital Kirkwall (on Mainland Island) area 376 square miles (978 square kilometers), population 19,570

Other Words from Orkney Islands

Orkneyan \ ˈȯrk-​nē-​ən How to pronounce Orkneyan (audio) , ȯrk-​ˈ \ adjective or noun

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“Orkney Islands.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Orkney%20Islands. Accessed 10 December 2019.

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