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Nauru

[nah-oo-roo] /nɑˈu ru/
noun
1.
Republic of, an island republic in the Pacific, near the equator, W of the Gilbert Islands: administered by Australia before 1968. 8¼ sq. mi. (21 sq. km).
Formerly Pleasant Island.
Related forms
Nauruan, noun, adjective
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  • While on Nauru Island labour was scarce, on Angaur several plants had to be finished before work could proceed to the full extent.

  • A jolly good ship, too, Tommy; one of the big Australian liners—the Nauru.

    Back To Billabong Mary Grant Bruce
  • She sat down by Cecilia and talked, and presently it appeared that she also was sailing in the Nauru.

    Back To Billabong Mary Grant Bruce
  • No one knew quite when the Nauru would berth; it was wrapped in mystery, like all movements of troopships.

    Back To Billabong Mary Grant Bruce
  • "Bless you, Norah and dad hadn't tasted butter for nearly three years before they came on board the Nauru," said Jim.

    Back To Billabong Mary Grant Bruce
  • Nauru is of utmost importance to them because they are extensive agricultural countries.

    The Pacific Triangle Sydney Greenbie
British Dictionary definitions for Nauru

Nauru

/nɑːˈuːruː/
noun
1.
an island republic in the SW Pacific, west of Kiribati: administered jointly by Australia, New Zealand, and Britain as a UN trust territory before becoming independent in 1968; a member of the Commonwealth (formerly a special member not represented at all meetings, until 1999). The economy is based on export of phosphates. Languages: Nauruan (a Malayo-Polynesian language) and English. Religion: Christian. Currency: Australian dollar. Capital: Yaren. Pop: 9 434 (2013 est). Area: 2130 hectares (5263 acres) Former name Pleasant Island
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Word Origin and History for Nauru

of unknown origin; formerly known as Pleasant Island (1798). Related: Nauruan (1921).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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