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Suva

[soo-vah] /ˈsu vɑ/
noun
1.
a seaport in and the capital of Fiji, on Viti Levu island.

Fiji

[fee-jee] /ˈfi dʒi/
noun
1.
an independent archipelago of some 800 islands in the S Pacific, N of New Zealand, composed of the Fiji Islands and a smaller group to the NW: formerly a British colony, now a member of the Commonwealth of Nations. 7040 sq. mi. (18,235 sq. km).
Capital: Suva.
2.
Fijian (def 2).

Viti Levu

[vee-tee lev-oo] /ˈvi ti ˈlɛv u/
noun
1.
the largest of the Fiji Islands, in the S Pacific. 4053 sq. mi. (10,497 sq. km).
Capital: Suva.
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British Dictionary definitions for Suva

Suva

/ˈsuːvə/
noun
1.
the capital and chief port of Fiji, on the SE coast of Viti Levu; popular tourist resort; University of the South Pacific (1968). Pop: 219 000 (2005 est)

Fiji

/ˈfiːdʒiː; fiːˈdʒiː/
noun
1.
an independent republic, consisting of 844 islands (chiefly Viti Levu and Vanua Levu) in the SW Pacific: a British colony (1874–1970); a member of the Commonwealth (1970–87 and from 1997); the large islands are of volcanic origin, surrounded by coral reefs; smaller ones are of coral. Official language: English. Religion: Christian and Hindu. Currency: dollar. Capital: Suva. Pop: 896 758 (2013 est). Area: 18 272 sq km (7055 sq miles)
noun, adjective
2.
another word for Fijian

Viti Levu

/ˈviːtɪ ˈlɛvuː/
noun
1.
the largest island of Fiji: mountainous. Chief town (and capital of the state): Suva. Pop: 580 000 (latest est). Area: 10 386 sq km (4010 sq miles)
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Fiji [(fee-jee)]

A nation composed of several hundred islands in the southwestern Pacific Ocean, located about two thousand miles northeast of Sydney, Australia. Viti Levu, the largest island, constitutes half the land area of the group. Suva is its capital and largest city.

Note: Their mountainous scenery, unspoiled beaches, and tropical splendor make the Fiji Islands an exotic tourist destination.
Note: Conflict between ethnic Melanesian and Indians led to political turmoil in the 1990s.
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