Kuril Islands[ko͝orˈĭl, ko͞o-rēlˈ]
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also Ku·rile Islands
An island chain of extreme eastern Russia extending about 1,207 km (750 mi) in the Pacific Ocean between Kamchatka Peninsula and northern Hokkaido, Japan. The volcanic, largely uninhabited islands were held by Japan from 1875 to 1945.
- Ku·rilˈi·an adjective & n.