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The Indic language spoken in the Maldives, related to Sinhalese.Also called Maldivian
Divehi, ‘Maldivian’, perhaps originally ‘(language of) island dwellers’.
The Indo-Aryan language of the Maldives, which is closely related to Sinhala; = "Maldivian".
Late 19th century; earliest use found in Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute. From Divehi Divehi, Dhivehi Maldivian, perhaps originally lit. ‘(language of) island-dwellers’.
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