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[bawr-nee-oh] /ˈbɔr niˌoʊ/
an island in the Malay Archipelago, politically divided among Indonesia, Malaysia, and the British-protected sultanate of Brunei. 290,000 sq. mi. (750,000 sq. km).
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Bornean, adjective, noun Unabridged
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  • All hands applauded when the deed was done, as the bornean washed his keen blade.

    Four Young Explorers Oliver Optic
  • "Not much of it here is found," added Achang Bakir, the bornean.

    Four Young Explorers Oliver Optic
  • "So quick as you could cut it down," insisted the bornean stoutly.

    Four Young Explorers Oliver Optic
  • The bornean spoke to a man who seemed to be the captain and a Malay.

    Four Young Explorers Oliver Optic
  • "Fixed so that snake can't get off the post into house," the bornean explained.

    Four Young Explorers Oliver Optic
  • Not a very pleasant profession is that of a bornean bee-hunter!

    Bruin Mayne Reid
  • The density of the bornean jungle is indeed almost unbelievable.

    Where the Strange Trails Go Down E. Alexander Powell
  • The morning rose bright and beautiful, as nearly all bornean mornings do.

    The Castaways Captain Mayne Reid
  • My bornean collections of this group exceeded five hundred species.

    The Malay Archipelago Alfred Russell Wallace
  • The only vigorous movements are those made by the bornean apes.

British Dictionary definitions for bornean


of or relating to Borneo or its inhabitants
a native or inhabitant of Borneo


an island in the W Pacific, between the Sulu and Java Seas, part of the Malay Archipelago: divided into Kalimantan (Indonesian Borneo), the Malaysian states of Sarawak and Sabah, and the sultanate of Brunei; mountainous and densely forested. Area: about 750 000 sq km (290 000 sq miles)
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Word Origin and History for bornean


large island in Indonesia, from Portuguese alteration of Brunei, which is today the name of a sultanate on the island. This is Hindi and probably ultimately from Sanskrit bhumi "land, region."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Borneo definition

Island in Indonesia southwest of the Philippines and north of Java.

Note: The third-largest island in the world, Borneo is mostly covered by dense jungle and rain forest.
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