Pronunciation: (bä-rān', -rīn', bu-), [key]
1. a sheikdom in the Persian Gulf, consisting of a group of islands: formerly a British protectorate; declared independent 1971. 300,000; 232 sq. mi. (601 sq. km). Cap.: Manama.
2. the largest island in this group: oil fields. 265,000; 213 sq. mi. (552 sq. km). Also,Bah•rein'.
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