islands discovered by Columbus in 1492, settled by English in 1648, long after the native population had been wiped out by disease or carried off into slavery; the name is said to be from Spanish baja mar "low sea," in reference to the shallow water here, but more likely represents a local name, Guanahani, whose origin had been lost and whose meaning has been forgotten.

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Definitions of Bahamas from WordNet

Bahamas (n.)
island country in the Atlantic to the east of Florida and Cuba; a popular winter resort;
Synonyms: Commonwealth of the Bahamas / Bahama Islands