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[fee-jee] /ˈfi dʒi/
an independent archipelago of some 800 islands in the S Pacific, N of New Zealand, composed of the Fiji Islands and a smaller group to the NW: formerly a British colony, now a member of the Commonwealth of Nations. 7040 sq. mi. (18,235 sq. km).
Capital: Suva.
Fijian (def 2). Unabridged
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  • On the Fiji Islands a wife was strangled on her husband's grave and buried with him.

    Folkways William Graham Sumner
  • I'll make Fiji too hot for you, and your business will go to the deuce.

    The Trader's Wife Louis Becke
  • If necessary I will go to Fiji or anywhere to obtain information.

    Life of John Coleridge Patteson Charlotte M. Yonge
  • Yes, it is not pleasant, this Fiji Island of the insects, but it is their nature.

    Little Busybodies Jeanette Augustus Marks and Julia Moody
  • This was the reason assigned for the strangling of widows at their husband's funeral in Fiji.

British Dictionary definitions for Fiji


/ˈfiːdʒiː; fiːˈdʒiː/
an independent republic, consisting of 844 islands (chiefly Viti Levu and Vanua Levu) in the SW Pacific: a British colony (1874–1970); a member of the Commonwealth (1970–87 and from 1997); the large islands are of volcanic origin, surrounded by coral reefs; smaller ones are of coral. Official language: English. Religion: Christian and Hindu. Currency: dollar. Capital: Suva. Pop: 896 758 (2013 est). Area: 18 272 sq km (7055 sq miles)
noun, adjective
another word for Fijian
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Fiji in Culture
Fiji [(fee-jee)]

A nation composed of several hundred islands in the southwestern Pacific Ocean, located about two thousand miles northeast of Sydney, Australia. Viti Levu, the largest island, constitutes half the land area of the group. Suva is its capital and largest city.

Note: Their mountainous scenery, unspoiled beaches, and tropical splendor make the Fiji Islands an exotic tourist destination.
Note: Conflict between ethnic Melanesian and Indians led to political turmoil in the 1990s.
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