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Molucca Islands

Line breaks: Mo|lucca Is|lands
Pronunciation: /məˈlʌkə
 
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Definition of Molucca Islands in English:

An island group in Indonesia, between Sulawesi and New Guinea; capital, Ambon. Settled by the Portuguese in the early 16th century, the islands were taken a century later by the Dutch. They were formerly known as the Spice Islands. Indonesian name Maluku.

Derivatives

Moluccan

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noun& adjective
Example sentences
  • ‘They want to use the Moluccas as a battleground for political change in Jakarta,’ said the Indonesian political analyst, an ethnic Moluccan.
  • With his Moluccan ancestry and manners, and his skilful, multi-faceted midfield play, Landzaat could be a right-footed version of Giovanni van Bronckhorst.
  • Native to the Moluccan islands and cultivated in Zanzibar, Madagascar and Granada, the clove itself is the crimson bud from an aromatic member of the myrtle family.

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