Malaysia

[muh-ley-zhuh, -shuh]
noun
1.
a constitutional monarchy in SE Asia: a federation, comprising the former British territories of Malaya, Sabah, and Sarawak: member of the Commonwealth of Nations. 126,310 sq. mi. (327,143 sq. km). Capital: Kuala Lumpur.
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Malaysia (məˈleɪzɪə)
 
n
a federation in SE Asia (within the Commonwealth), consisting of Peninsular Malaysia on the Malay Peninsula, and East Malaysia (Sabah and Sarawak), occupying the N part of the island of Borneo: formed in 1963 as a federation of Malaya, Sarawak, Sabah, and Singapore (the latter seceded in 1965); densely forested and mostly mountainous. Official language: Malay; English and various Chinese and Indian minority languages are also spoken. Official religion: Muslim. Currency: ringgit. Capital: Putrajaya (the transfer of government from Kuala Lumpur is taking place in stages over several years starting 1999). Pop: 24 876 000 (2004 est). Area: 333 403 sq km (128 727 sq miles)

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Word Origin & History

Malaysia
from Malay + Latinate ending -sia. Originally an early 19c. British geographers' name for the Indonesian archipelago.
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Cultural Dictionary
Malaysia [(muh-lay-zhuh)]

Country in Southeast Asia consisting of West Malaysia on the Malay Peninsula (extending south of Thailand) and East Malaysia on the island of Borneo. Its capital and largest city is Kuala Lumpur.

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A huge variety of tropical fruits are commonly served as desserts in malaysia.
For the past several hundred years, it has been cultivated in malaysia.
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