Ceylon

[si-lon, sey-]
noun
former name of Sri Lanka.

pro-Ceylon, adjective
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Ceylon (sɪˈlɒn)
 
n
1.  the former name (until 1972) of Sri Lanka
2.  an island in the Indian Ocean, off the SE coast of India: consists politically of the republic of Sri Lanka. Area: 64 644 sq km (24 959 sq miles)

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Ceylon
Port. form of Sri Lanka (q.v.).
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Ceylon definition


Former name for the nation now called Sri Lanka.

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