[maw-rish-uh s, -rish-ee-uh s]
- an island in the Indian Ocean, E of Madagascar. 720 sq. mi. (1865 sq. km).
- a republic consisting of this island and dependencies: formerly a British colony. 809 sq. mi. (2095 sq. km). Capital: Port Louis.
Formerly Île de France.
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The airplane fell into a deep part of the ocean east of Mauritius.The Baseless Rush to Blame the Pilots of Flight 370
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He is a wanderer who spends time at his family home in Mauritius, in Nice, and in New Mexico.If He Had to be French...
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The staple industry of Mauritius is the cultivation of sugar.The Last Voyage
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I am commanding a little barque,” I said, “loading here for Mauritius.The Mirror of the Sea
She passed outside Madagascar and Mauritius without a glimpse of the land.The Nigger Of The "Narcissus"
They dispatched their agents to the Mauritius, India, and the Cape, and bought at 2s.
An English ship carried him to Mauritius, and at the end of 1856 he reached England.From Pole to Pole
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- an island and state in the Indian Ocean, east of Madagascar: originally uninhabited, it was settled by the Dutch (1638–1710) then abandoned; taken by the French in 1715 and the British in 1810; became an independent member of the Commonwealth in 1968. It is economically dependent on sugar. Official language: English; a French creole is widely spoken. Religion: Hindu majority, large Christian minority. Currency: rupee. Capital: Port Louis. Pop: 1 322 238 (2013 est). Area: 1865 sq km (720 sq miles)Former name (1715–1810): Île-de-France
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