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noun, (used with a plural verb)
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[heb-ri-deez] /ˈhɛb rɪˌdiz/
noun, (used with a plural verb)
a group of islands (Inner Hebrides and Outer Hebrides) off the W coast of and belonging to Scotland. About 2900 sq. mi. (7500 sq. km).
plural noun
the Hebrides, a group of over 500 islands off the W coast of Scotland: separated by the North Minch, Little Minch, and the Sea of the Hebrides: the chief islands are Skye, Raasay, Rum, Eigg, Coll, Tiree, Mull, Jura, Colonsay, and Islay (Inner Hebrides), and Lewis with Harris, North Uist, Benbecula, South Uist, and Barra (Outer Hebrides) Also known as the Western Isles
plural noun
See Hebrides

originally Ebudae, Haebudes, of uncertain origin. Apparently a scribal error turned -u- into -ri-. The Norse name, Suðregar, “Southern Islands,” is relative to the Orkneys. Related: Hebridean.


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