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or Div·e·hi  (dē′vā-hē)
The Indic language spoken in the Maldives. Also called Maldivian.

[Dhivehi dhivehi, Maldivian, ultimately from Middle Indic dīpa-, island, from Sanskrit dvīpaḥ, island; see dwo- in Indo-European roots.]
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(Languages) the language of the Maldive Islands, belonging to the Indic branch of the Indo-European family
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The capital is Male, and its official language is Divehi. All its population are Muslims and most of them have Indian and Sri Lankan roots.
The solution will also enable COMBANK to deliver digital banking services in local languages, Sinhala and Tamil for Sri Lanka, Bengali for Bangladesh, and Divehi for the Maldives, facilitating stronger customer engagement.
The limited body of literature that does exist includes a number of historical works that are available in the Maldivian language Divehi by researchers who visited the country over the past centuries (Hogendorn & Johnson 1986; Ellis 2005).
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It's also very different from the others: the populace is a mix of Maldivian and south Indian; the locals speak Mahl, a derivative of Divehi, a descendant of the Indo-Aryan group of languages and is written right to left; and it also has a very unique culture, more in sync with Maldives than India.