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An island country of the central Pacific Ocean south of the equator and west of Kiribati. Inhabited by a population of mainly Polynesian ancestry, Nauru was explored by the British in 1798, became a German protectorate in 1888, and was administered by Australia from 1914 until 1942, when it was captured by Japan. Recaptured by Australia in 1945, Nauru became independent in 1968. Yaren is the de facto capital.

Na·u′ru·an adj. & n.


1. (Placename) of or relating to Nauru, its inhabitants, or their language
2. (Peoples) of or relating to Nauru, its inhabitants, or their language
3. (Peoples) a native or inhabitant of Nauru
4. (Languages) the Malayo-Polynesian language of Nauru
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Nauruan - a native or inhabitant of Nauru
Nauru, Republic of Nauru - an island republic on Nauru Island; phosphate exports support the economy
Austronesian - a native or inhabitant of Austronesia
Adj.1.Nauruan - of or relating to the island republic of Nauru or its residents
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Eggs are one of the most important sources of nutrition for growing adolescents, and so in order to enhance the nutrition and protein levels of local school lunches, this project will improve the dietary nutrition of Nauruan citizens by producing chicken eggs for student meals, as well as by integrating vegetable production and enhancing nutrition-related promotional activities.
Mr Moss recommended better training and supervision of Nauruan staff employed by Wilson Security and Transfield Services, and suggested that Nauruan police force take on a higher profile at the centre and adopt a "community policing" role.
He told ABC that whoever was invited by Nauru to visit the island is a matter that only concerns the Nauruan government.
In the example of the Southern Pacific island of Nauru, the earth's steadily increasing temperature has caused the sea level to rise to people's doorsteps, threatening to consume the Nauruan coastline.
As Nauru's phosphate mining has declined due to depletion of reserves, the country has relied more on payments for fishing rights within its exclusive economic zone, on the recently revived detention center camps for asylum seekers to Australia (administered by Australia but with opportunities for local employment and compensation to the Nauruan government), and on development assistance.
A spokeswoman for the Immigration Department said late on Friday that Nauruan police and the private firm that runs the detention centre, Wilson Security, were working to contain the trouble there.
In Micronezy islands (Gilber islands) Naro the god of spider is superior creature: Nauruan myth from Areop-Anap and creation of sky and earth from seashell exemplify theme of "creator of sky" that this myth is common in Polonezy and east of Polonezy.
8] The country is NAURU (an island nation in MICRONESIA in the South Pacific), and the language is NAURUAN.
Nigerian Felix Cobham Ekpo matched Peter with 148kg in snatch, but the Nauruan beat the competition when he opened the clean and jerk with a lift of 185kg to set a new Commonwealth Games record.
Summary: Jakarta, July 28, 2010, SPA --A flood triggered by incessant heavy rains, has inundated Indonesian Nauruan and paralyzed Java`s northern coastal highway of East Java since Tuesday evening, Antara News Agency reported.
Nauruan representatives also visited another breakaway region, South Ossetia, over the weekend and promised to consider recognising it as independent, the Associated Press news agency reported.
The sample populations are heavy relative to their short stature with the Nauruan sample registering in the obese BMI classification.