- a republic in the Indian Ocean, SW of India, consisting of about 2000 islands: British protectorate 1887–1965. 115 sq. mi. (298 sq. km). Capital: Male.
Also called Maldive Islands.
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He raised the money to go to the Maldives, and he hoped that he would be able to persuade the president to allow him to stay.
Shenk observes that there were ominous hints even while they were filming in the Maldives.
Many are larger still; fertile, inhabited, and populous, like the Maldives.The Insect
The cocoa-nut tree is supposed to have been brought from the Maldives to the West Indies.
He supposes the cowries of the Maldives to be a species of white porcelaine.
Laval's work dispelled the idea that the nut grew upon the Maldives.
The exports are almost confined to rice, which is sent to Ceylon, the Maldives and Mauritius.
- Republic of Maldives a republic occupying an archipelago of 1087 coral islands in the Indian Ocean, southwest of Sri Lanka: came under British protection in 1887; became independent in 1965 and a republic in 1968; a member of the Commonwealth. The economy and infrastructure were severely damaged in the Indian Ocean tsunami of December 2004. Official language: Divehi. Official religion: (Sunni) Muslim. Currency: rufiyaa. Capital: Malé. Pop: 393 988 (2013 est). Area: 298 sq km (115 sq miles)Also known as: the Maldive Islands
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Word Origin and History for maldives
probably from Sanskrit maladvipa "garland of islands," from mala "garland" + dvipa "island." Related: Maldivian.
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