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[muh-luhk-uh z] /məˈlʌk əz/
noun, (used with a plural verb)
a group of islands in Indonesia, between Sulawesi (Celebes) and New Guinea. About 30,000 sq. mi. (78,000 sq. km).
Also called Molucca Islands, Spice Islands.
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Moluccan, adjective, noun Unabridged
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/məʊˈlʌkəz; mə-/
plural noun
a group of islands in the Malay Archipelago, between Sulawesi (Celebes) and New Guinea. Capital: Amboina. Pop: 1 990 598 (2000). Area: about 74 505 sq km (28 766 sq miles) Indonesian name Maluku Former name Spice Islands
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