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Webster's New World College Dictionary Copyright © 2010 by Wiley Publishing, Inc., Cleveland, Ohio.
one of a group of French islands off the coast of French Guiana: site of a former penal colony
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The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th edition Copyright © 2010 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
An island in the Caribbean Sea off French Guiana. A French penal colony after the 1850s, it was used mainly for political prisoners, including Alfred Dreyfus (sequestered 1894-1899).