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[si-lon, sey-] /sɪˈlɒn, seɪ-/
former name of Sri Lanka.
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pro-Ceylon, adjective Unabridged
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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.

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Ceylon in Culture

Ceylon definition

Former name for the nation now called Sri Lanka.

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