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The capital and largest city of Sri Lanka, on the western coast of the island on the Indian Ocean. The city was probably known to Greco-Roman, Arab, and Chinese traders more than 2,000 years ago. It became capital of the crown colony of Ceylon in 1802 and of independent Ceylon in 1948.


(Placename) the capital and chief port of Sri Lanka, on the W coast, with one of the largest artificial harbours in the world. Pop: 653 000 (2005 est)


(kəˈlʌm boʊ)

the capital of Sri Lanka, on the W coast. 587,647.
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Noun1.Colombo - the capital and largest city of Sri LankaColombo - the capital and largest city of Sri Lanka; has one of the largest harbors in the world; is located on the western coast of the island of Ceylon
Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka, Sri Lanka, Ceylon - a republic on the island of Ceylon; became independent of the United Kingdom in 1948
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Christopher Colombo--the great Christopher Colombo.
Christopher Colombo --pleasant name--is--is he dead?
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You know Colombo, and how the native boys dive for coins in the shark-infested bay.
I found it under some rubbish in a house at Colombo, and have translated it from one end to the other.
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Summary: Colombo [Sri Lanka], September 1 (ANI): Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Friday met Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena in Colombo and discussed bilateral issues of mutual collaboration and issues related to regional cooperation.
Indian Navy troops offload emergency supplies from the Indian ship Kirch at Colombo harbour yesterday.
Colombo, March 20 -- Three suspected members of the Ava group including it alleged leader have been arrested from several areas in Colombo, sources said.