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Moluccas

[muh-luhk-uh z]
plural noun
  1. a group of islands in Indonesia, between Sulawesi (Celebes) and New Guinea. About 30,000 sq. mi. (78,000 sq. km).
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Also called Molucca Islands, Spice Islands.
Related formsMo·luc·can, adjective, noun
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Historical Examples of moluccas

  • He got the news in the Moluccas through the Tesmans, and then disappeared for a time.

    Victory

    Joseph Conrad

  • In the Moluccas themselves the species of Amboyna are the largest; 4.

  • 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°.

  • A gold coin of Japan and the Moluccas, of various value, from 25 to 44 shillings.

    The Sailor's Word-Book

    William Henry Smyth


British Dictionary definitions for moluccas

Moluccas

Molucca Islands

pl n
  1. 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
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