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[krak-uh-tou, krah-kuh-] /ˌkræk əˈtaʊ, ˌkrɑ kə-/
a volcano and small island in Indonesia, between Java and Sumatra: violent eruption 1883.
Also, Krakatao, Krakatoa
[krak-uh-toh-uh, krah-kuh-] /ˌkræk əˈtoʊ ə, ˌkrɑ kə-/ (Show IPA)
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  • But krakatoa: that's the explanation that the scientists gave.

    The Book of the Damned Charles Fort
  • The krakatoa outbreak raised the water in our Thames four inches.

  • But this was not the Great Eruption of krakatoa—only a rehearsal, as it were.

    Blown to Bits R.M. Ballantyne
  • The second is named krakatoa by its eccentric owner, Captain Roy.

    Blown to Bits R.M. Ballantyne
  • All this, and a great deal more, was caused by the dust of krakatoa!

    Blown to Bits R.M. Ballantyne
  • krakatoa, on the other hand, was resplendent with stone-colour, and smelt strongly of it.

    Somehow Good William de Morgan
  • krakatoa was not a volcano, except so far as eruptions on the paint went.

    Somehow Good William de Morgan
  • You can skip it, you see, if you want to get back to krakatoa Villa.

    Somehow Good William de Morgan
  • The greatest loss was in the immediate neighborhood of krakatoa.

British Dictionary definitions for krakatoa


/ˌkrɑːkəˈtəʊə; ˌkrækəˈtəʊə/
a volcanic island in Indonesia, in the Sunda Strait between Java and Sumatra: partially destroyed by its eruption in 1883, the greatest in recorded history. Further eruptions 44 years later formed a new island, Anak Krakatau ("Child of Krakatau") Also called Rakata
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