Pronunciation: (mô-rish'us, -rish'ē-us), [key]
1. an island in the Indian Ocean, E of Madagascar. 880,781; 720 sq. mi. (1865 sq. km).
2. a republic consisting of this island and dependencies: formerly a British colony. 900,000; 809 sq. mi. (2095 sq. km). Cap.: Port Louis. Formerly, Île de France.
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