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(Placename) the former name (until 1975) of Tuvalu
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Tu•va•lu(ˈtu vəˌlu, tuˈvɑ lu)
a parliamentary state consisting of a group of islands in the central Pacific, S of the equator: a former British colony; gained independence 1978. 10,588; 10 sq. mi. (26 sq. km). Cap.: Funafuti. Formerly, Ellice Islands.
Tu`va•lu′an, adj., n.
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|Noun||1.||Ellice Islands - a group of coral islands in Micronesia to the southwest of Hawaii|
Federated States of Micronesia, Micronesia, TT - a country scattered over Micronesia with a constitutional government in free association with the United States; achieved independence in 1986
Tuvalu - a small island republic on the Tuvalu islands; formerly part of the British colony of Gilbert and Ellice Islands until it withdrew in 1975 and became independent of the United Kingdom in 1978
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