- 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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Examples from the Web for borneo
Borneo produces about half the sago used by the civilised world.The Last Voyage
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No more wild men of Borneo, no more dishes to wash, no more Orpheum.Rope
Magindano, an island off the northeast of Borneo, the natives of which are pirates.
Dusun, agricultural villagers on the northern extremity of Borneo.
The great river of Borneo Proper is certainly the finest on the island.
- 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 borneo
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
The third-largest island in the world, Borneo is mostly covered by dense jungle and rain forest.
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