pontianak

[pon-tee-ah-nahk]

Origin of pontianak

First recorded in 1910–15; orig., jelutong from the region around Pontianak

Pontianak

[pon-tee-ah-nahk]
noun
  1. a seaport on W Kalimantan (Borneo), in central Indonesia.
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pontianak

noun
  1. (in Malay folklore) a female vampire; the ghost of a woman who has died in childbirth

Word Origin for pontianak

from Malay

Pontianak

noun
  1. a port in Indonesia, on W coast of Borneo almost exactly on the equator. Pop: 464 534 (2000)
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