On December 24, 1777, Captain James Cook discovered an island in the Pacific Ocean and named it Christmas Island. This island, however, is not an island, but the largest coral atoll in the world. It is one of 33 atolls that comprise the Republic of Kiribati. Although claimed by various nations throughout its history, it has also been used for nuclear testing.
Not to be confused with the Christmas Island in the Indian Ocean, the inhabitants have translated Christmas into their own language, Gilbertese.Today's Question: What is the Gilbertese name for Christmas Island?
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