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British Isles British & World English

A group of islands lying off the coast of NW Europe, from which they are separated by the North Sea and the English Channel. They include Britain, Ireland, the Isle of Man, the Hebrides, the Orkney Islands, the Shetland Islands, the Scilly Isles, and the Channel Islands

British Isles in Britain New Oxford Dictionary for Writers & Editors

island containing England, Wales, and Scotland; Great Britain is more usual for the political unit. The United Kingdom is a political unit that includes these countries and Northern Ireland (but not the Isle of Man and the Channel Islands). The British Isles is a geographical term that refers to the United Kingdom, Ireland, and the surrounding islands

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