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 .
- Mo·luc·can, adjective, noun
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How to use Moluccas in a sentence
Having lost his computation for the Moluccas, he discovered several islands in lat.
In 1546 he went further east, past Java and Flores, and reached the Moluccas after a month and a half.The Jesuits, 1534-1921 | Thomas J. Campbell
Xavier spent two years in the Moluccas to prepare the way, and was back again in Goa in 1548.The Jesuits, 1534-1921 | Thomas J. Campbell
They, too, wanted to sail to the Moluccas by way of the Strait of Magellan.The Golden Book of the Dutch Navigators | Hendrik Willem van Loon
In 1515 there were Portuguese ships in Java and the Moluccas.The Outline of History: Being a Plain History of Life and Mankind | Herbert George Wells
British Dictionary definitions for Moluccas
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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