Definitions for ceylonsɪˈlɒn, seɪ-
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
Category: Geography (places)
Ref: former name of Sri Lanka .
Cey•lon•eseˌsi ləˈniz, -ˈnis, ˌseɪ-(adj.; n.)-ese.
an island in the Indian Ocean off the southeastern coast of India
Sri Lanka, Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka, Ceylon(noun)
a republic on the island of Ceylon; became independent of the United Kingdom in 1948
The old name for Sri Lanka, prior to 1972.
Origin: From Σελεδίβα, from sīhaḷa, from सिंहल द्वीप; siṃhala derived from सिंह.
The Nuttall Encyclopedia
a pear-shaped island about the size of Scotland, separated from India, to which it geographically belongs, and SE. of which it lies, by Palk Strait, 32 m. broad; comprises a lofty, central tableland with numerous peaks, the highest Tallagalla, 8000 ft., and a broad border of well-watered plains. It was an ancient centre of civilisation; the soil is everywhere fertile; the climate is hot, but more equitable than on the mainland; the chief products are tea, cinnamon, and tobacco; the forests yield satin-wood, ebony, &c.; the cocoa-nut palm abounds; there are extensive deposits of iron, anthracite, and plumbago; precious stones, sapphires, rubies, amethysts, &c., are in considerable quantities; the pearl fisheries are a valuable government monopoly. The chief exports are tea, rice, cotton goods, and coals. Two-thirds of the people are Singhalese and Buddhists, there are 6000 Europeans. The island is a crown colony, the largest in the British Empire, administered by a governor with executive and legislative councils; the capital and chief port is Colombo (127). Chabas, François