Definition of Tuvalu in English:


Line breaks: Tu¦valu
Pronunciation: /tuːˈvɑːluː
A country in the SW Pacific consisting of a group of nine main islands, formerly called the Ellice Islands; population 12,400 (est. 2009); official languages, English and Tuvaluan (local Austronesian language); capital, Funafuti. 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 in 1978.



Pronunciation: /ˌtuːvəˈluːən, tuːˈvɑːlʊən/
adjective & noun
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  • 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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