1. former name of Sri Lanka.


  1. the former name (until 1972) of Sri Lanka
  2. an island in the Indian Ocean, off the SE coast of India: consists politically of the republic of Sri Lanka. Area: 64 644 sq km (24 959 sq miles)

Portuguese form of Sri Lanka (q.v.). Related: Ceylonese.

Former name for the nation now called Sri Lanka.

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