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Qishm (both: kē`shəm), largest island of Iran, c.500 sq mi (1,300 sq km), S Iran, in the Strait of Hormuz. It is mostly rocky and has little vegetation; dates and fruits are raised. Qeshm, at the eastern end of the island, is the largest town.
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an island in the Strait of Hormuz; part of Iran. It has an area of 1,400 sq km and is composed mainly of limestones and sandstones. The maximum elevation is 396 km. The island has fruit orchards and date plantations. Fishing and diving for pearls are also important. The city of Qeshm is located in the northeastern part of the island.
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1. the largest island in the Persian Gulf: part of Iran. Area: 1336 sq. km (516 sq. miles)
2. the chief town of this island
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