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isle British & World English

An island or peninsula, especially a small one

Fair Isle British & World English

One of the Shetland Islands, lying about halfway between Orkney and the main Shetland group

Apple Isle British & World English

Informal name for Tasmania.

Isle Royale British & World English

An island in Michigan, in western Lake Superior, near Grand Portage in Minnesota. Part of a national park, it is noted for its wildlife

Ely, Isle of British & World English

A former county of England extending over the northern part of present-day Cambridgeshire. Before widespread drainage it formed a fertile ‘island’ in the surrounding fenland

Isle of Man British & World English

An island in the Irish Sea which is a British Crown dependency having home rule, with its own legislature (the Tynwald) and judicial system; population 82,000 (est. 2009); capital, Douglas. The island was part of the Norse kingdom of the Hebrides in the Middle Ages, passing into Scottish hands in 1266 for a time, until the English gained control in the early 15th century. Its ancient language, Manx, is still occasionally used for ceremonial purposes

Isle of Wight British & World English

An island off the south coast of England, a county since 1974; population 131,700 (est. 2009); administrative centre, Newport. It lies at the entrance to Southampton Water and is separated from the mainland by the Solent and Spithead

Portland, Isle of British & World English

A rocky limestone peninsula on the south coast of England, in Dorset. Its southernmost tip is known as the Bill of Portland or Portland Bill. The peninsula is quarried for its fine building stone

Isle of Wight disease British & World English

A disease of bees that is caused by a parasitic mite

Isle of Youth in Juventud, Isla de la British & World English

An island off southwestern Cuba, in the Caribbean Sea; population 71,000. Long a source of jurisdictional disputes between Cuba and the US, it has been a resort and a prison colony. Renamed in 1978, it has many facilities dedicated to youth. English name Isle of Youth; formerly Isle of Pines

Isle of Pines in Juventud, Isla de la British & World English

An island off southwestern Cuba, in the Caribbean Sea; population 71,000. Long a source of jurisdictional disputes between Cuba and the US, it has been a resort and a prison colony. Renamed in 1978, it has many facilities dedicated to youth. English name Isle of Youth; formerly Isle of Pines