Sumatra

Sumatra

[soo-mah-truh]
noun
a large island in the W part of Indonesia. 164,147 sq. mi. (425,141 sq. km).

Sumatran, adjective, noun
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Sumatra (sʊˈmɑːtrə)
 
n
Indonesian spellling: Sumatera 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)

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Sumatra [(soo-mah-truh)]

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

Note: 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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