Definitions for iwo jimaˈi wə ˈdʒi mə, ˈi woʊ
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I•wo Ji•maˈi wə ˈdʒi mə, ˈi woʊ(n.)
one of the Volcano Islands, in the N Pacific, S of Japan: under U.S. administration after 1945; returned to Japan 1968.
Category: Geography (places)
the largest of the Volcano Islands of Japan
Iwo, Iwo Jima, invasion of Iwo(noun)
a bloody and prolonged operation on the island of Iwo Jima in which American marines landed and defeated Japanese defenders (February and March 1945)
A volcanic island in Japanu2019s Ogasawara Islands chain, officially called Iu014Dtu014D in Japanese.
A volcanic island located in the Satsunan Shoto, an island group south of Kyushu, also known as Satsuma Iojima.
A decisive battle during World War II.
Origin: From . Prior to Japanese spelling reforms in the 1940s, this word was spelled いわうじま (iwaujima). Historical /au/ becomes [oː] via regular phonological rules resulting in [iwoːtoː]. With the exception of the low vowel /a/, /w/ is no longer phonetically realized. Thus, the word becomes [ioːjima]. The English spelling is based on the historical Japanese spelling, not pronunciation, as evident of retaining the "w". The long vowels are often ignored thus the loss of the macrons. Spacing is inconsistent as Iwojima is not uncommon. Iwo-Jima with a hyphen is also used.
Iwo Jima, officially Iō-tō, is an island of the Japanese Volcano Islands chain south of the Ogasawara Islands and together with them form the Ogasawara Archipelago also known as the Bonin Islands. The island is 650 nautical miles south of mainland Tokyo and is administered as part of Ogasawara, one of eight villages of Tokyo. It is famous as the setting of the February 1945–March 1945 Battle of Iwo Jima between the United States and the Empire of Japan during World War II. The island grew in recognition in the west when the iconic photograph Raising the Flag on Iwo Jima was taken during the battle by Associated Press photographer Joe Rosenthal. The US occupied Iwo Jima until 1968 when it was returned to Japan.
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