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Pronounced Pron. kə-LUM-bo(English) kə-LAWM-bo(English) KAWL-əm-bo(English) KO-LAWN-BO(French) ko-LAWM-bo(German) TSO-lom-bo(Hungarian) kool-ON-boo(European Portuguese) kol-ON-boo(Brazilian Portuguese) ko-LOM-bo(Spanish) [key·IPA]
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Meaning & History
Probably from old Sinhalese kolamba meaning "ferry" or "port". It is popularly believed to be derived from Sinhalese කොලොන් තොට (kolon toṭa) meaning "port on the river Kelani" or කොල අඹ (kola am̆ba) meaning "leafy mango grove", altered with influence from the name of Italian explorer Christopher Columbus or Latin columba meaning "dove". This is the name of the executive and judicial capital of Sri Lanka.