- a group of islands in Indonesia, between Sulawesi (Celebes) and New Guinea. About 30,000 sq. mi. (78,000 sq. km).
Also called Molucca Islands, Spice Islands.
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He got the news in the Moluccas through the Tesmans, and then disappeared for a time.Victory
In the Moluccas themselves the species of Amboyna are the largest; 4.Contributions to the Theory of Natural Selection
Alfred Russel Wallace
In the Moluccas themselves the species of Amboyna are the largest.On the Genesis of Species
St. George Mivart
On the 31st of May, it was decided that the Moluccas were within the Spanish waters, by 20°.Celebrated Travels and Travellers
A gold coin of Japan and the Moluccas, of various value, from 25 to 44 shillings.The Sailor's Word-Book
William Henry Smyth
- a group of islands in the Malay Archipelago, between Sulawesi (Celebes) and New Guinea. Capital: Amboina. Pop: 1 990 598 (2000). Area: about 74 505 sq km (28 766 sq miles)Indonesian name: Maluku Former name: Spice Islands