American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- An island of the Federated States of Micronesia in the eastern Caroline Islands of the western Pacific Ocean. The site of the capital, Palikir, it also constitutes a state with two dozen smaller atolls.
“Catskills of New York; the traditional Maori eeling grounds of New Zealand; and an odd little volcanic island in the South Pacific called Pohnpei, where the population is divided, like something out of Dr. Seuss, between those (usually from the nearby island of Kosrae) who eat eels and those who think eels are sacred ancestors and would sooner eat a fellow human.”
“The smaller atolls in the Carolines, for example, were basically egalitarian in character, while high islands such as Pohnpei and the Marshall Islands had a highly developed system of chieftainships.”
“When people ask me where they should visit, my first answer is always "Pohnpei".”
“On the island of Pohnpei, the most powerful and important plant is known locally as Sakau.”
“On Pohnpei, people come together regularly to drink Sakau, to discuss the day's issues, exchange stories and gossip.”
“On the volcanic Micronesian island of Pohnpei, he hears from a culture that respects the eel too much to consume it.”
“Micronesia, Federated States ofislands vary geologically from high mountainous islands to low, coral atolls; volcanic outcroppings on Pohnpei, Kosrae, and Chuuk”
“It comprises four states: Kosrae, Pohnpei (formerly Ponape), Chuuk (formerly Truk), and Yap.”
“The capital, Kolonia, is on the island of Pohnpei.”
“Micronesia, Federated States ofchief of mission: Ambassador Miriam K. HUGHES embassy: 101 Upper Pics Road, Kolonia mailing address: P.O. Box 1286, Kolonia, Pohnpei, 96941 telephone:  320-2187”
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