from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • A town of north-central Sri Lanka north-northeast of Colombo. The ancient capital of Sinhalese kings of Ceylon, it has extensive ruins and is a Buddhist pilgrimage center. Population: 53,200.


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  • Reuters ROUGH TERRAIN: People stood Monday where a dam used to be before it was destroyed in Sri Lanka's Anuradhapura district.

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  • Tennekoon was born in the City of Kings, Anuradhapura, and became a boarder at St Thomas' College, one of Colombo's most renowned private schools, at an early age.

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  • Gemunu Amarasinghe/Associated Press Dancers performed during a parade celebrating Sri Lanka's 64th Independence Day, marking the country's independence from British colonial rule in 1948, in Anuradhapura, about 80 kilometers 50 miles north of Colombo, Sri Lanka, Saturday.

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  • You'd be more comfortable in Anuradhapura town, initially.

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  • But her boy friend hadn't been; he'd taken pesticide, almost at the same time, and he died two days later in the Anuradhapura hospital, insides corroded, begging, crying, screaming for water, he couldn't even drink.

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  • Anuradhapura was the only place in the wider vicinity Iqbal really knew, he realized, one place he had actually stayed.

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  • And some of the girls tried the garment factories in the big city until they got married, or worse, brothels for the soldiers in Anuradhapura.

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  •             “I could get a place in Anuradhapura, right?”

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  •             Krishna shook his head, remembering the ride yesterday on the bad, pot holed road, after they turned at Kekirawe, off the Dambulla — Anuradhapura road, and then past the little town of Kalawawe,   turning into beautiful, red earth, country lanes.

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  • But Iqbal said nothing on that, asking instead, “That place we went to, is it far from Anuradhapura town?”

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