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[soo-mah-truh] /sʊˈmɑ trə/
a large island in the W part of Indonesia. 164,147 sq. mi. (425,141 sq. km).
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Sumatran, adjective, noun Unabridged
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  • In Brunai, dogs are called kuyok, a term said to be of sumatran origin.

    British Borneo

    W. H. Treacher
  • Some new crater may have burst forth in the sumatran ranges.

    Blown to Bits R.M. Ballantyne
  • This is the case with many of the sumatran women of Lampong.

  • As a general rule, the sumatran is content to marry, and is faithful to his wife.

    The History of Prostitution William W. Sanger
  • The sumatran leaf has little aroma or flavor and its value is for appearance only.

    Tobacco Leaves W. A. Brennan
  • Do you for an instant suppose that there is an English ether and a sumatran ether?

    The Poison Belt Arthur Conan Doyle
  • But this requires a firmness of authority to which the sumatran governments are strangers.

    The History of Sumatra William Marsden
  • In all these sumatran villages I found considerable difficulty in getting anything to eat.

    The Malay Archipelago Alfred Russell Wallace
  • It was claimed for the Florida grown sumatran leaf that in many ways it surpassed the native sumatran leaf.

    Tobacco Leaves W. A. Brennan
British Dictionary definitions for sumatran


of or relating to Sumatra or its inhabitants
a native or inhabitant of 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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sumatran in Culture
Sumatra [(soo-mah-truh)]

Island in Indonesia in the Indian Ocean northwest of Java and west of Malaysia.

Note: 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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