a chain of Japanese islands in the W Pacific between Japan and Taiwan. 3120 sq. mi. (1205 sq. km).
noun 1. a native or inhabitant of Ryukyu. 2. the group of dialects spoken in the Ryukyu Islands, related to Japanese. adjective 3. of, relating to, or characteristic of Ryukyu.
- Ryukyu islands
/rɪˈuːkjuː/ plural noun 1. a chain of 55 islands in the W Pacific, extending almost 650 km (400 miles) from S Japan to N Taiwan: an ancient kingdom, under Chinese rule from the late 14th century, invaded by Japan in the early 17th century, under full Japanese sovereignty from 1879 to 1945, and US control […]
noun 1. James Ronald (“Jim”) born 1947, U.S. distance runner; congressman 1996–2007.
noun 1. Rurik. noun 1. a variant spelling of Rurik