- a large island in the W part of Indonesia. 164,147 sq. mi. (425,141 sq. km).
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After filming Amélie I went on a holiday to Sumatra, and I was interested in studying orangutans.Audrey Tautou on ‘Amélie,’ Her New Film ‘Delicacy,’ & More
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A strange man who wanted to take the night express for Sumatra!
And then he added: "I wonder if he'll call himself the King of Sumatra, as he did before?"
I fancy that they, and perhaps the Andamans, once formed a part of Sumatra.At the Point of the Bayonet
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Like those they had seen in Java and in Sumatra, they were all set up on stilts.
This ape has been described in a former volume, for it is abundant in Sumatra.
- a mountainous island in W Indonesia, in the Greater Sunda Islands, separated from the Malay Peninsula by the Strait of Malacca: Dutch control began in the 16th century; joined Indonesia in 1945. Northern coastal areas, esp Aceh province, suffered devastation as a result of the Indian Ocean tsunami of December 2004. Pop: 42 409 510 (2000). Area: 473 606 sq km (182 821 sq miles)Indonesian spellling: Sumatera
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Though much of the island is covered by swampland and impenetrable rain forest, Sumatra's industries — including oil, coal, gold, silver, rubber, timber, and tobacco — produce over half of Indonesia's income.
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