Definition of Moluccas

1. Noun. A group of island in eastern Indonesia between Celebes and New Guinea; settled by the Portuguese but taken by the Dutch who made them the center for a spice monopoly, at which time they were known as Spice Islands.

Exact synonyms: Spice Islands
Group relationships: Dutch East Indies, Indonesia, Republic Of Indonesia
Generic synonyms: Island

Definition of Moluccas

1. Proper noun. An archipelago in Indonesia. ¹

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Moluccas

Molokai Island
Moloney's virus
Moloney murine leukaemia virus
Moloney murine sarcoma virus
Moloney test
Molotov cocktail
Molotov cocktails
Moluccas (current term)
Molucella laevis
Molva molva
Mom and apple pie
Momordica balsamina
Momordica charantia

Literary usage of Moluccas

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The Geographical Journal by Royal Geographical Society (Great Britain). (1896)
"THE DISCOVERY OF THE Moluccas.« By Dr. O. WARBURG. ACCORDING to two entirely independent versions, the discovery of these islands is ascribed to a ..."

2. The Malay Archipelago: The Land of the Orang-utan and the Bird of Paradise by Alfred Russel Wallace (1886)
"But even this exceeding poverty of terrestrial mammals does not at all represent the real poverty of the Moluccas in this class of animals; for, ..."

3. The Encyclopaedia Britannica: “a” Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, Literature edited by Hugh Chisholm (1911)
"The name Moluccas is said to be derived from the Arabic for " king." Argensola (1609) uses the forms islas Malucas, Maluco, and el Maluco ..."

4. The New American Cyclopaedia: A Popular Dictionary of General Knowledge by George Ripley, Charles Anderson Dana (1861)
"The Moluccas, like nearly all the islands which constitute the Indian archipelago, are inhabited by two races, the Malays and the Papuan or oriental negroes ..."

5. The American Cyclopaedia: A Popular Dictionary of General Knowledge by George Ripley, Charles Anderson Dana (1883)
"Originally, and in a more circumscribed sense, the Moluccas comprehended only ... the Moluccas are especially remarkable for the production of cloves and ..."

6. The Canadian Record of Science by Natural History Society of Montreal (1897)
"These all disappear in the Moluccas, and the bird families most frequently seen there are ... In the Moluccas there are hardly any mammals except bats, ..."

7. A Descriptive Dictionary of the Indian Islands & Adjacent Countries by John Crawfurd (1856)
"account of the clove, although it is not certain that he visited the Moluccas. In one placo he describes the tree, which ho compares to a ..."

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