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Maldives

Syllabification: Mal·dives
Pronunciation: /ˈmälˌdēvz
 
/
(also Maldive Islands)

Definition of Maldives in English:

A country that consists of a chain of coral islands in the Indian Ocean, southwest of Sri Lanka; population 396,300 (est. 2009); capital, Male; official language, Maldivian.

The islands were probably first settled from southern India and Sri Lanka, but later came under Arab influence. A British protectorate from 1887, the Maldives became independent within the Commonwealth of Nations under the rule of a sultan in 1965 and then as a republic in 1968

Derivatives

Maldivian

1
Pronunciation: /mälˈdivēən/
adjective& noun

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