Etymology
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Philippines

archipelago in southeast Asia at the western edge of the Pacific Ocean, from Spanish Islas Filipinas, literally "the islands of Philip," named 1542 by Spanish explorer Ruy López de Villalobos in honor of Philip, Prince of Asturias, who was later Philip II, king of Spain. Related: Philippine. Other early names for then in Spanish included Islas del Poniente "Islands of the West."

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Definitions of Philippines

Philippines (n.)
a republic on the Philippine Islands; achieved independence from the United States in 1946;
Synonyms: Republic of the Philippines
Philippines (n.)
an archipelago in the southwestern Pacific including some 7000 islands;
Synonyms: Philippine Islands
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