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Tuvalu Syllabification: Tu·va·lu
Pronunciation: /to͞oˈvälo͞o/

Definition of Tuvalu in English:

A country in the southwestern Pacific Ocean that consists of a group of nine main islands, formerly called the Ellice Islands; population 12,400 (est. 2009); capital, Funafuti; languages, English and Tuvaluan (both official).

The islands formed part of the British colony of the Gilbert and Ellice Islands but separated from the Gilberts after a referendum in 1975. Tuvalu became independent within the Commonwealth of Nations in 1978


Pronunciation: /-lo͞oən/
adjective& noun
Example sentences
  • Droughts will afflict much of the world, with especially nasty thirst in store for the 1.3 billion people, including Tuvaluans, who currently lack adequate access to clean water.
  • Also in dispute are a number of small atolls, reefs and sandbanks, which Britain awarded to Kiribati (formerly the Gilbert Islands), but which Tuvaluans believe are rightfully theirs.
  • The Australians attribute the unusual high tides that have been observed by some Tuvaluans to a natural tidal cycle in the region that repeats every 18.6 years and is yet to peak.
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