[pi-nang, -nahng, pee-nahng]
- an island in SE Asia, off the W coast of the Malay Peninsula. 110 sq. mi. (285 sq. km).
- a state including this island and parts of the adjacent mainland: now part of Malaysia; formerly one of the Straits Settlements and part of the former Federation of Malaya. 400 sq. mi. (1036 sq. km). Capital: Georgetown.
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Every night their corpses stacked higher in Penang's streets and hospitals and makeshift refugee camps.
And what I might discover is what keeps me rooted to the island of Penang.
Penang island, the last human refuge, was their only target now.
There were perhaps a hundred of us in Penang, the greatest concentration of our kind in history.
There were still quite a few living humans left in Penang, fighting bravely as wave after wave of subdead rose from the sea.
The authorities at Penang had a double reason for their opposition.A Visit to Java
W. Basil Worsfold
In Penang a certain number of these trees are not permitted to bear fruit.Foot-prints of Travel
Maturin M. Ballou
When we stopped at Penang there were two distinct sensations.
It is just Penang and Hongkong, and the other names are useless incumbrances.
There is no sear and yellow leaf at Penang, or anywhere on the coast of the Straits.Due West
Maturin Murray Ballou
- Also called: Pulau Pinang a state of Peninsular Malaysia: consists of the island of Penang and the province Wellesley on the mainland, which first united administratively in 1798 as a British colony. Capital: George Town. Pop: 1 313 449 (2000). Area: 1030 sq km (398 sq miles)
- a forested island off the NW coast of Malaya, in the Strait of Malacca. Area: 293 sq km (113 sq miles)Former name (until about 1867): Prince of Wales Island
- another name for George Town