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Ki•riti•matikəˈrɪs məs(n.)

  1. one of the Line Islands belonging to Kiribati, in the central Pacific: largest atoll in the Pacific. 1737; ab. 220 sq. mi. (575 sq. km).

    Category: Geography (places)

    Ref: Formerly, Christmas Island. 2

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  1. Kiritimati(ProperNoun)

    An island of Kiribati, previously called Christmas Island

  2. Origin: From the word kirimati, pronounced kirimas

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  1. Kiritimati

    Kiritimati or Christmas Island is a Pacific Ocean raised coral atoll in the northern Line Islands, and part of the Republic of Kiribati. The island has the greatest land area of any coral atoll in the world: about 388 square kilometres; its lagoon is about the same size. The atoll is about 150 km in perimeter, while the lagoon shoreline extends for over 48 km. Christmas Island comprises over 70% of the total land area of Kiribati, a country encompassing 33 Pacific atolls and islands. Kiritimati Island is well known for its world class bone fishing. It also has excellent birdwatching and surfing opportunities. It lies 232 km north of the Equator, 6,700 km from Sydney, and 5,360 km from San Francisco. Christmas Island is in the world's farthest forward time zone, UTC+14, and is one of the first inhabited places on Earth to experience the New Year. Despite being 2,460 km east of the 180 meridian, a 1995 realignment of the International Dateline by the Republic of Kiribati "moved" Christmas Island to west of the dateline. Nuclear tests were conducted in the region around Christmas Island by the United Kingdom in the late 1950s, and by the United States in 1962. During these tests islanders were not evacuated. Subsequently British, New Zealand, and Fijian servicemen as well as local islanders have claimed to have suffered from exposure to the radiation from these blasts.

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