Pronunciation: (bu-lou'), [key]
Republic of, a group of Pacific islands in the W part of the Caroline group: taken by U.S. forces after severe fighting 1944; formerly a Japanese mandate, then under U.S. trusteeship; gained independence 1981. 13,519; 171 sq. mi. (443 sq. km). Formerly, Palau Islands.
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