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[soom-bah-wah] /sumˈbɑ wɑ/
one of the Lesser Sunda Islands, in Indonesia: destructive eruption in 1815 of Mt. Tambora. 5965 sq. mi. (15,449 sq. km).
Dutch Soembawa. Unabridged
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  • The Macassar government, including parts of the islands of Celebes and Sumbawa.

    Mark Seaworth William H.G. Kingston
  • The Bugis are the inhabitants of the greater parts of Celebes, and there seems to be an allied people in Sumbawa.

    The Malay Archipelago Alfred Russell Wallace
  • Like all great eruptions, that of Sumbawa gave plenty of signs of its coming.

  • At last he declared it to be the island of Sumbawa, and by steering to the west an opening was discovered.

    The Rival Crusoes W.H.G. Kingston
  • Still more extraordinary, the most remarkable on record was an eruption in Sumbawa, one of the Molucca islands, in 1815.

    Ten Thousand Wonderful Things Edmund Fillingham King
  • Still more extraordinary—the most remarkable on record—was an eruption in Sumbawa, one of the Molucca Islands, in 1815.

  • A glance at the chart showed that we were then driving towards the western end of Sumbawa.

    Mark Seaworth William H.G. Kingston
  • It divides the island of Sumbawa, famous for possessing the most active volcano in the world, from the island of Lombok.

    The Last Voyage Lady (Annie Allnutt) Brassey
  • We notice first, Simbana, one of the original names of the island of Sumbawa.

British Dictionary definitions for Sumbawa


a mountainous island in Indonesia, in the Lesser Sunda Islands, between Lombok and Flores islands. Pop: 1 540 000 (2000). Area: 14 750 sq km (5695 sq miles) Former spelling Soembawa
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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