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 (tə-rä′wə, tăr′ə-wä′, tä′rä-)
The capital of Kiribati, on an atoll in the western Pacific Ocean. It was occupied by the Japanese in 1942 and retaken by US Marines after a hard-fought battle in November 1943.


(Placename) an atoll in Kiribati, occupying a chain of islets surrounding a lagoon in the W central Pacific: the capital of Kiribati, Bairiki, is on this atoll. Pop: 45 989 (2005)


(təˈrɑ wə, ˈtær əˌwɑ)

one of the Gilbert Islands, in the central Pacific; capital of Kiribati. 24,598; 14 sq. mi. (36 sq. km).
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Tarawa - national capital of Kiribati
Kiribati, Republic of Kiribati - an island republic in the west central Pacific just to the south of the equator
2.Tarawa - battles in World War II in the Pacific (November 1943)Tarawa - battles in World War II in the Pacific (November 1943); United States Marines took the islands from the Japanese after bitter fighting
Second World War, World War 2, World War II - a war between the Allies (Australia, Belgium, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Czechoslovakia, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Ethiopia, France, Greece, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, India, Iran, Iraq, Luxembourg, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Norway, Panama, Philippines, Poland, South Africa, United Kingdom, United States, USSR, Yugoslavia) and the Axis (Albania, Bulgaria, Finland, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Japan, Rumania, Slovakia, Thailand) from 1939 to 1945
Gilbert Islands - a group of islands in Micronesia to the southwest of Hawaii; formerly part of the British colony of Gilbert and Ellice Islands until it became part of the Republic of Kiribati in 1979
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Impact : The socioeconomic conditions of the population of South Tarawa will have improved.
A 500 kW solar PV and water protection plant on the Tarawa atoll of the Republic of Kiribati, will also be officially inaugurated this week.
Director of US charity History Flight Mark Noah told Radio New Zealand the men were killed during the Battle of Tarawa in 1943.
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USS Tarawa (LHA1); Naval Air Station North Island, Calif.
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During combat on Tarawa in 1943, he became frustrated by the difficulty in communicating with the Japanese troops to surrender, because they could not hear anything above the battle noises.
I really enjoyed Garry James' March Tarawa article.