[ buh-lou ]
/ bəˈlaʊ /
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Republic of Belau, a group of islands in the western part of the Caroline group, in the Pacific: taken by U.S. forces after severe fighting 1944; formerly a Japanese mandate, then under U.S. trusteeship; gained independence 1981. 171 sq. mi. (443 sq. km).
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Let’s start with some etymology: What are the origins of the typographical word “bracket”?
First appeared around 1750, and is related to the French word “braguette” for the name of codpiece armor.
First appeared in 1610, based on the French word “baguette” for the long loaf of bread.
First appeared in 1555, and is related to the French word “raquette” for a netted bat.TAKE THE QUIZ TO FIND OUT
Formerly Pa·lau Is·lands [pah-lou], /pɑˈlaʊ/, Pe·lew Is·lands [pee-loo] /piˈlu/ .
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British Dictionary definitions for Belau
/ (bəˈlaʊ) /
an alternative name for the (Republic of) Palau
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