Do·dec·a·nese (dō-dĕkə-nēz′, -nēs′)
An island group of southeast Greece in the Aegean Sea between Turkey and Crete. The name means "12 islands," although there are also several islets. The islands were held by Turkey from 1522 until 1912.
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