- 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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Examples from the Web for maldivian
In noticing the solitary meal of the Maldivian islander, another reason may be alleged for this misanthropical repast.Curiosities of Literature, Vol. 1 (of 3)
For example, in the Maldivian islands the buildings are made of a hard stone weighed up from several fathoms under water.Buffon's Natural History, Volume II (of 10)
Georges Louis Leclerc de Buffon
Maldivan (ˈmɔːldaɪvən, -dɪ-)
- of or relating to the Maldives or their inhabitants
- a native or inhabitant of the Maldives
- 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 maldivian
probably from Sanskrit maladvipa "garland of islands," from mala "garland" + dvipa "island." Related: Maldivian.
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