Definition of Cook Islands in English:

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Cook Islands

A group of 15 islands in the southwestern Pacific Ocean between Tonga and French Polynesia that have the status of a self-governing territory in free association with New Zealand; population 11,900 (est. 2009); capital, Avarua, on Rarotonga.

Origin

Named after Captain J. Cook (see Cook, James), who visited them in 1773.

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Syllabification: Cook Is·lands

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