- former name of Sri Lanka.
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Examples from the Web for ceylon
Still, Eirek's Paradise may not improbably have been Ceylon.Storyology
When you go to Ceylon, do not neglect to write often to mother.
If you care for geology, there is work for you from the Himalayas to Ceylon.India: What can it teach us?
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I was much interested in all I saw during my travels in Ceylon.
From these friends I heard much about the spiritual state of Ceylon.
- the former name (until 1972) of Sri Lanka
- an island in the Indian Ocean, off the SE coast of India: consists politically of the republic of Sri Lanka. Area: 64 644 sq km (24 959 sq miles)
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Word Origin and History for ceylon
Portuguese form of Sri Lanka (q.v.). Related: Ceylonese.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Former name for the nation now called Sri Lanka.
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