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pontianak

[pon-tee-ah-nahk]
noun
  1. jelutong(def 2).
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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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Examples from the Web for pontianak

Historical Examples

  • 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.

  • 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.


British Dictionary definitions for pontianak

pontianak

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

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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