From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Guadalcanal \Guadalcanal\ n.
   1. a mountainous island; the largest of the Solomon Islands
      in the independent state that is a member of the British
      [WordNet 1.5]

   2. A battle in World War II in the Pacific (1942-1943), in
      which American forces invaded the island of Guadalcanal,
      then occupied by Japanese forces; the island was
      recaptured by American forces after heavy fighting.

   Syn: battle of Guadalcanal.
        [WordNet 1.5]
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