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

  • The capital of Kiribati, an island group of the western Pacific Ocean, formerly known as the Gilbert Islands. It was occupied by the Japanese in 1942 and retaken by U.S. Marines after a hard-fought battle in November 1943.

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  • proper n. An atoll in the central Pacific Ocean belonging to the state of Kiribati.

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  • n. national capital of Kiribati
  • n. battles in World War II in the Pacific (November 1943); United States Marines took the islands from the Japanese after bitter fighting


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