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Pa·lau(pä-lou′, pə-) also Be·lau (bə-) Formerly Pe·lew (pə-lo͞o′, pē-)
A nation consisting of about 200 islands and islets in the Caroline Islands of the western Pacific Ocean. When most of the Carolines became the Federated States of Micronesia in 1978, Palau chose to form a separate republic in free association with the United States, an arrangement that became effective in 1994. The capital is Melekeok.
(Placename) Republic of Palau a republic comprising a group of islands in the W Pacific, in the W Caroline Islands; administratively part of the UN Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands 1947–87; entered into an agreement of free association with the US (1980); became fully independent in 1994. Chief island: Babelthuap. Capital: Melekeok, on Babelthuap (functions moved from Koror in 2006). Pop: 21 108 (2013 est). Area: 476 sq km (184 sq miles). Former name: Pelew Islands
Republic of, a group of islands in the W Pacific part of the Caroline group: formerly a part of the Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands; since 1994 a self-governing area in assocation with the U.S. 18,467; 192 sq. mi. (497 sq. km). Formerly, Palau′ Is′lands.
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|Noun||1.||Palau - a republic in the western central Pacific Ocean in association with the United States|
|2.||Palau - a chain of more than 200 islands about 400 miles long in the western central Pacific Ocean|
Palau, Republic of Palau, TT - a republic in the western central Pacific Ocean in association with the United States