Definitions for Tongaˈtɒŋ gə
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Random House Webster's College Dictionary
(in S Asia) a light two-wheeled horse-drawn vehicle.
Category: Indian (India)
Origin of tonga:
1870–75; < Hindi tāṅgā
a kingdom consisting of three groups of islands in the SW Pacific, E of Fiji: a former British protectorate. 109,082; 289 sq. mi. (748 sq. km).
Category: Geography (places)
Ref: Cap.: Nukualofa.; Also called Ton′ga Is′lands, Friendly Islands.
Tonga, Kingdom of Tonga, Friendly Islands(noun)
a monarchy on a Polynesian archipelago in the South Pacific; achieved independence from the United Kingdom in 1970
the language of the Tongan people of south central Africa (Zambia and Rhodesia)
A country in Oceania. Official name: Kingdom of Tonga.
A light, two-wheeled, horse-drawn carriage used for transportation in India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh.
A drug useful in neuralgia, derived from a Fijian plant supposed to be of the aroid genus Epipremnum.
Origin: From टाँगा.
a drug useful in neuralgia, derived from a Fijian plant supposed to be of the aroid genus Epipremnum
Tonga, officially the Kingdom of Tonga, is a sovereign state and an archipelago comprising 176 islands scattered over 700,000 square kilometres of the southern Pacific Ocean. Fifty-two of these islands are inhabited. Lengthwise, the Kingdom stretches over a distance of about 800 kilometres in a north-south line located about a third of the distance from New Zealand to Hawaii. Tonga also became known as the Friendly Islands because of the friendly reception accorded to Captain James Cook on his first visit there in 1773. He happened to arrive at the time of the ʻinasi festival, the yearly donation of the first fruits to the Tuʻi Tonga and so received an invitation to the festivities. According to the writer William Mariner, the chiefs had wanted to kill Cook during the gathering, but could not agree on a plan. Tonga is the only island nation in the region to have avoided formal colonization. In 2010, it took a decisive step towards becoming a fully functioning constitutional monarchy, after legislative reforms paved the way for its first partial representative elections.
U.S. National Library of Medicine
An archipelago in Polynesia in the southwest Pacific Ocean, comprising about 150 islands. It is a kingdom whose capital is Nukualofa. It was discovered by the Dutch in 1616, visited by Tasman in 1643, and by Captain Cook in 1773 and 1777. The modern kingdom was established during the reign of King George Tupou I, 1845-93. It became a British protectorate in 1900 and gained independence in 1970. The name Tonga may be of local origin, meaning either island or holy. Its other name, Friendly Islands, was given by Captain Cook from the welcome given him by the natives. (From Webster's New Geographical Dictionary, 1988, p1219 & Room, Brewer's Dictionary of Names, 1992, p549)
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