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Malta

Mediterranean island, from Latin Melite, perhaps from Phoenician melita, literally "place of refuge," from malat "he escaped." It formerly belonged to the Knights Hospitaller (Knights of Malta) from 1530-1798.

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Definitions of Malta from WordNet

Malta (n.)
a republic on the island of Malta in the Mediterranean; achieved independence from the United Kingdom in 1964;
Synonyms: Republic of Malta
Malta (n.)
a strategically located island to the south of Sicily in the Mediterranean Sea;
From wordnet.princeton.edu