Masbate mäsbä´tā [key], island, 1,262 sq mi (3,269 sq km), the Philippines, one of the Visayan Islands, S of SE Luzon. Gold, which has been mined there for centuries, is still produced in quantity copper is also mined. The densely populated coastal plains are intensively cultivated. The town of Masbate is the island's trading center.

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