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Antilles Collective name for the two major island groups in the West Indies archipelago, between the Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean Sea, stretching in an arc from Puerto Rico to the n coast of Venezuela. The Greater Antilles (larger of the two groups) includes Cuba, Hispaniola, Jamaica, Puerto Rico, and the Cayman Islands. The Lesser Antilles comprises the British Virgin Islands, the US Virgin Islands, the Leeward Islands, and Windward Islands, plus small islands off Venezeula. See West Indies map