Origin of pontianak
First recorded in 1910–15; orig., jelutong from the region around Pontianak
- a seaport on W Kalimantan (Borneo), in central Indonesia.
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Examples from the Web for pontianak
That night I stayed in Pontianak which is bisected by the Equator.Flash-lights from the Seven Seas
William L. Stidger
She adventured among the Dyaks, and journeyed westward to Pontianak, and the diamond mines of Landak.The Story of Ida Pfeiffer
How strange it must be living in a town like Pontianak, in West Borneo, where the equator passes through the main street!Forty Thousand Miles Over Land and Water
Lady (Ethel Gwendoline [Moffatt]) Vincent
The Kapuas valley has so far yielded the largest quantity, and Pontianak is, for diamonds, the principal port of export.
About the same time a British expedition was also sent against Sambas and a post established at Pontianak.
- (in Malay folklore) a female vampire; the ghost of a woman who has died in childbirth
- a port in Indonesia, on W coast of Borneo almost exactly on the equator. Pop: 464 534 (2000)