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out island

[OED, applied esp. to the Shetlands, Orkneys, Hebrides, and other smaller islands at a distance from the mainland of Britain; W3 an island other than the main island of a group (as of the Bahamas)] n. any island of the Bahamas except New Providence: 1629 .411 those out islands of . .[the] Bahamas (Durrell 1972:19 quoting 17th century document). = ISLAND (Gen.)

◊The term out island has acquired negative connotations of isolation and backwardness and is being officially replaced by FAMILY ISLAND.

Tags: geography, island, noun, pejorative

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Last update: 2012-10-25 22:26
Author: Holm and Shilling, DBE, 1982
Revision: 1.2

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