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Apia

[ah-pee-ah, ah-pee-ah] /ɑˈpi ɑ, ˈɑ piˌɑ/
noun
1.
a seaport in and the capital of Western Samoa, on N Upolu.

Upolu

[oo-poh-loo] /uˈpoʊ lu/
noun
1.
an island in Western Samoa, in the S Pacific: the home of Robert Louis Stevenson for the last five years of his life. 430 sq. mi. (1113 sq. km).
Capital: Apia.

Western Samoa

noun
1.
an independent country comprising the W part of Samoa: formerly a trust territory of New Zealand. 1133 sq. mi. (2935 sq. km).
Capital: Apia.
Compare Samoa, American Samoa.
Related forms
Western Samoan, adjective, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for Apia

Apia

/æˈpɪə; ˈæpɪə/
noun
1.
the capital of (Western) Samoa: a port on the N coast of Upolu. Pop: 41 000 (2005 est)

Upolu

/uːˈpəʊluː/
noun
1.
an island in the SW central Pacific, in Samoa. Chief town: Apia. Pop: 134 400 (2001). Area: 1114 sq km (430 sq miles)

Western Samoa

noun
1.
See Samoa (sense 1)
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Upolu

most populous island of Samoa, in the South Pacific Ocean. It lies across the Apolima Strait from the island of Savai'i to the west. Upolu is about 46 miles (74 km) long and 16 miles (26 km) across at its widest point, with an area of 432 square miles (1,119 square km). Its volcanic central mountain range reaches a maximum elevation of 3,608 feet (1,100 metres) at Mount Fito, in O Le Pupu-Pu'e National Park (1978). The island has a densely forested interior, fertile coastal soils, and a wet tropical climate; the endangered flying fox and several types of tropical birds are found there. The port of Apia, the main commercial and political centre, is on the northern shore. The island's products include electric components, beer, cigarettes, coconut creams and oils, copra, cacao, and taro. Pop. (1986), including adjacent islands, 112,228; (1998 est.) 115,000.

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