maldive islands


[mawl-deevz, mal-dahyvz]
a republic in the Indian Ocean, SW of India, consisting of about 2000 islands: British protectorate 1887–1965. 115 sq. mi. (298 sq. km). Capital: Male.
Also called Maldive Islands.

Maldivian [mawl-div-ee-uhn, mal‐] , adjective, noun Unabridged
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Maldives (ˈmɔːlˈdiːvz)
pl n
Republic of Maldives Also known as: the Maldive Islands a republic occupying an archipelago of 1087 coral islands in the Indian Ocean, southwest of Sri Lanka: came under British protection in 1887; became independent in 1965 and a republic in 1968; a member of the Commonwealth. The economy and infrastructure were severely damaged in the Indian Ocean tsunami of December 2004. Official language: Divehi. Official religion: (Sunni) Muslim. Currency: rufiyaa. Capital: Malé. Pop: 328 000 (2004 est). Area: 298 sq km (115 sq miles)

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Word Origin & History

probably from Skt. maladvipa "garland of islands," from mala "garland" + dvipa "island."
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