one of the Lesser Sunda Islands, in Indonesia: destructive eruption in 1815 of Mt. Tambora. 5965 sq. mi. (15,449 sq. km).

Dutch Soembawa. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for sumbawa

Contemporary Examples of sumbawa

  • He begins in the place where devastation was most immediate—the island of Sumbawa and the surrounding region.

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    The Volcano That Rewrote History

    William O’Connor

    May 5, 2014

Historical Examples of sumbawa

  • The Macassar government, including parts of the islands of Celebes and Sumbawa.

    Mark Seaworth

    William H.G. Kingston

  • The Bugis are the inhabitants of the greater parts of Celebes, and there seems to be an allied people in Sumbawa.

    The Malay Archipelago

    Alfred Russell Wallace

  • Like all great eruptions, that of Sumbawa gave plenty of signs of its coming.

  • At last he declared it to be the island of Sumbawa, and by steering to the west an opening was discovered.

    The Rival Crusoes

    W.H.G. Kingston

  • Still more extraordinary, the most remarkable on record was an eruption in Sumbawa, one of the Molucca islands, in 1815.

    Ten Thousand Wonderful Things

    Edmund Fillingham King

British Dictionary definitions for sumbawa



a mountainous island in Indonesia, in the Lesser Sunda Islands, between Lombok and Flores islands. Pop: 1 540 000 (2000). Area: 14 750 sq km (5695 sq miles)Former spelling: Soembawa
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