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former name of Sri Lanka.
the former name (until 1972) of Sri Lanka
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)

Portuguese form of Sri Lanka (q.v.). Related: Ceylonese.

Former name for the nation now called Sri Lanka.


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    kitembilla. a shrub or small tree, Dovyalis hebecarpa, of India and Sri Lanka, having velvety, maroon-purple fruit.

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    noun full-flavored black pekoe tea of Sri Lanka with golden color and delicate flavor Word Origin Ceylon is former name of Sri Lanka Usage Note cooking

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