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 (ŭn′ə-rä′də-po͝or′ə, ə-no͝or′ə-)
A town of north-central Sri Lanka north-northeast of Colombo. The ancient capital of Sinhalese kings of Ceylon, it has extensive ruins and is a Buddhist pilgrimage center.


(əˈnʊərədəˌpʊərə; ˌʌnʊˈrɑːdə-)
(Placename) a town in Sri Lanka: ancient capital of Ceylon; site of the sacred bo tree and place of pilgrimage for Buddhists. Pop: 53 151 (2001)


(əˈnʊər ə dəˈpʊər ə, ˌʌn ʊˈrɑ də-)

a city in N central Sri Lanka: ruins of ancient Buddhist temples. 30,000.
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