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  1. an island in the Malay Archipelago, politically divided among Indonesia, Malaysia, and the British-protected sultanate of Brunei. 290,000 sq. mi. (750,000 sq. km).
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Related formsBor·ne·an, adjective, noun
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Historical Examples of bornean

  • All hands applauded when the deed was done, as the Bornean washed his keen blade.

    Four Young Explorers

    Oliver Optic

  • "Not much of it here is found," added Achang Bakir, the Bornean.

  • "So quick as you could cut it down," insisted the Bornean stoutly.

  • The Bornean spoke to a man who seemed to be the captain and a Malay.

  • "Fixed so that snake can't get off the post into house," the Bornean explained.

British Dictionary definitions for bornean


  1. of or relating to Borneo or its inhabitants
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  1. a native or inhabitant of Borneo
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  1. an island in the W Pacific, between the Sulu and Java Seas, part of the Malay Archipelago: divided into Kalimantan (Indonesian Borneo), the Malaysian states of Sarawak and Sabah, and the sultanate of Brunei; mountainous and densely forested. Area: about 750 000 sq km (290 000 sq miles)
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Word Origin and History for bornean


large island in Indonesia, from Portuguese alteration of Brunei, which is today the name of a sultanate on the island. This is Hindi and probably ultimately from Sanskrit bhumi "land, region."

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

bornean in Culture


Island in Indonesia southwest of the Philippines and north of Java.

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The third-largest island in the world, Borneo is mostly covered by dense jungle and rain forest.
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