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  1. a village in and the capital of Tuvalu.
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[too-vuh-loo, too-vah-loo]
  1. a parliamentary state consisting of a group of islands in the central Pacific, S of the equator: a former British colony; gained independence 1978. 10 sq. mi. (26 sq. km). Capital: Funafuti.
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Related formsTu·va·lu·an, adjective, noun
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Examples from the Web for funafuti

Historical Examples

  • Then I bade good-bye to the natives, who started off for Funafuti with many expressions of goodwill to their fellow-mutineer.

    The Call Of The South

    Louis Becke

  • It will thus be seen that the verdict of Funafuti is clearly and unmistakeably in favour of Darwin's theory.

    Darwin and Modern Science

    A.C. Seward and Others

  • A year had come and gone, and the Venus again lay at anchor in the broad lagoon of Funafuti.


    Louis Becke

  • The Funafuti borings show almost beyond doubt that Polynesia is an area of comparatively recent subsidence.

  • On an island in the Southern Sea, Funafuti, a deep boring has been made 1,114 ft. deep.

British Dictionary definitions for funafuti


  1. a country in the SW Pacific, comprising a group of nine coral islands: established as a British protectorate in 1892. From 1915 until 1975 the islands formed part of the British colony of the Gilbert and Ellice Islands; achieved full independence in 1978; a member of the Commonwealth (formerly a special member not represented at all meetings, until 2000). Languages: English and Tuvaluan. Religion: Christian majority. Currency: Australian dollar; Tuvalu dollars are also used. Capital: Funafuti. Pop: 10 698 (2013 est). Area: 26 sq km (10 sq miles)Former names: Lagoon Islands, Ellice Islands
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