[ soo-mah-truh ]
/ sʊˈmɑ trə /


a large island in the W part of Indonesia. 164,147 sq. mi. (425,141 sq. km).


Su·ma·tran, adjective, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for sumatran (1 of 2)

/ (sʊˈmɑːtrən) /


of or relating to Sumatra or its inhabitants


a native or inhabitant of Sumatra

British Dictionary definitions for sumatran (2 of 2)

/ (sʊˈmɑːtrə) /


a mountainous island in W Indonesia, in the Greater Sunda Islands, separated from the Malay Peninsula by the Strait of Malacca: Dutch control began in the 16th century; joined Indonesia in 1945. Northern coastal areas, esp Aceh province, suffered devastation as a result of the Indian Ocean tsunami of December 2004. Pop: 42 409 510 (2000). Area: 473 606 sq km (182 821 sq miles)Indonesian spellling: Sumatera
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Cultural definitions for sumatran

[ (soo-mah-truh) ]

Island in Indonesia in the Indian Ocean northwest of Java and west of Malaysia.

notes for Sumatra

Though much of the island is covered by swampland and impenetrable rain forest, Sumatra's industries — including oil, coal, gold, silver, rubber, timber, and tobacco — produce over half of Indonesia's income.
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