Pronunciation: (tOO'vu-lOO", tOO-vä'lOO), [key]
a parliamentary state consisting of a group of islands in the central Pacific, S of the equator: a former British colony; gained independence 1978. 7000; 10 sq. mi. (26 sq. km). Cap.: Funafuti. Formerly, Ellice Islands, Lagoon Islands.
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