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[mawl-deevz, mal-dahyvz] /ˈmɔl divz, ˈmæl daɪvz/

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.
of or relating to the Maldives or their inhabitants
a native or inhabitant of the Maldives
plural noun
Republic of Maldives, 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: 393 988 (2013 est). Area: 298 sq km (115 sq miles) Also known as the Maldive Islands

probably from Sanskrit maladvipa “garland of islands,” from mala “garland” + dvipa “island.” Related: Maldivian.


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