from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- Formerly El·lice Islands (ĕlˈĭs)Tuvalu An island country of the western Pacific Ocean north of Fiji. Organized as a British protectorate in 1892, the islands became part of the Gilbert and Ellice Islands Colony in 1915 and achieved independence in 1978. Fongafale, on Funafuti Island, is the capital. Population: 12,000.
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- proper n. A country in Oceania. Official name: Tuvalu.
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- n. a small island republic on the Tuvalu islands; formerly part of the British colony of Gilbert and Ellice Islands until it withdrew in 1975 and became independent of the United Kingdom in 1978
- n. a group of coral islands in Micronesia to the southwest of Hawaii
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