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

  • Formerly El·lice Islands (ĕlˈĭs)Tuvalu An island country of the western Pacific Ocean north of Fiji. Organized as a British protectorate in 1892, the islands became part of the Gilbert and Ellice Islands Colony in 1915 and achieved independence in 1978. Fongafale, on Funafuti Island, is the capital. Population: 12,000.

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  • proper n. A country in Oceania. Official name: Tuvalu.

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  • n. a small island republic on the Tuvalu islands; formerly part of the British colony of Gilbert and Ellice Islands until it withdrew in 1975 and became independent of the United Kingdom in 1978
  • n. a group of coral islands in Micronesia to the southwest of Hawaii

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Examples

  • Let every denier spend a day in Tuvalu or among the First Nation people in Nunavut and explain to them why they refuse to enact legislation in America that will prevent these people from either starving to death when the native food supply runs out, or sinking to a watery grave because the rise in ocean levels has decimated a once fertile island paradise.

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  • The island nation of Tuvalu is disappearing under the sea, thanks to global warming.

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  • At TAPPED, Alexandra Gutierrez posts about the island nation Tuvalu, which is "highly vulnerable to rises in sea level."

    The Media Consortium: The Mulch: Tepid Accord Reached in Copenhagen

  • Countries and regions visited include cyclone-prone Bangladesh, China, Africa and the idyllic South Pacific island nation of Tuvalu, which is threatened by rising sea levels.

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  • Tuvalu, which is the problem-it's in need of some energy or at least more invention.

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  • The talks, which broke down on Wednesday in recriminations between developed and developing countries, had been clouded by opposition to a demand from low-lying island nation Tuvalu, which is pushing for the talks to lead to a legally binding agreement.

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  • Opposition came from countries such as the small island state of Tuvalu, which is worried about being drowned out by rising ocean levels, and countries who felt they were left out of the process, such as Venezuela.

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  • Dr Russel Norman: How can his Government possibly justify calling Tuvalu's position "extremist", when, in fact, New Zealand now occupies the extremist position as bringing one of the worst pledges to the table at the climate conference, according to the very report from the Climate Action Tracker that he was trumpeting yesterday?

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  • A few reminders of the consequences, should they fail to stop the effects of climate change on the planet: lists eight great things we could lose, including French wines and coral reefs. posts about the island nation Tuvalu, which is "highly vulnerable to rises in sea level."

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  • Wednesday's negotiations had been clouded by opposition to a demand from low-lying island nation Tuvalu, which is pushing for the talks to lead to a legally binding agreement.

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