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Sumatra

[soo-mah-truh] /sʊˈmɑ trə/
noun
1.
a large island in the W part of Indonesia. 164,147 sq. mi. (425,141 sq. km).
Related forms
Sumatran, adjective, noun
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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

Sumatran

/sʊˈmɑːtrən/
adjective
1.
of or relating to Sumatra or its inhabitants
noun
2.
a native or inhabitant of Sumatra

Sumatra

/sʊˈmɑːtrə/
noun
1.
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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