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From Spanish Caymanes, variant of earlier Spanish Lagartos in reference to the early prevalence of marine and freshwater crocodiles on the islands. Spanish caimán and Portuguese caimão are of uncertain etymology, being variously attributed to Taíno kaimán, Kari'na acayouman, and Kongo.

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Cayman Islands

  1. Three islands in the Caribbean Sea constituting an overseas territory of the United Kingdom.
  2. (metonymically) offshore bank accounts based in the Cayman Islands.
  3. (figuratively, by extension) tax havens

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