Jaffna

Jaffna

[jahf-nuh]
noun
a seaport in N Sri Lanka.
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Jaffna (ˈdʒæfnə)
 
n
a port in N Sri Lanka: for many centuries the capital of a Tamil kingdom. Pop: 149 000 (2005 est)

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jaffna

historical monarchy in northern Ceylon (modern Sri Lanka), populated by Tamil-speaking people of South Indian origin. Well established by the 14th century, it survived as an independent entity until its subjugation by the Portuguese in the 17th century.

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