Etymology
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Maldives

chain of coral islands in the Indian Ocean, probably from Sanskrit maladvipa "garland of islands," from mala "garland" + dvipa "island." Related: Maldivian.

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Definitions of Maldives

Maldives (n.)
a republic on the Maldive Islands; achieved independence from the United Kingdom in 1965;
Synonyms: Republic of Maldives
Maldives (n.)
a group of about 1,200 small coral islands (about 220 inhabited) in the Indian ocean;
Synonyms: Maldive Islands
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