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Borneo

[bawr-nee-oh] /ˈbɔr niˌoʊ/
noun
1.
an island in the Malay Archipelago, politically divided among Indonesia, Malaysia, and the British-protected sultanate of Brunei. 290,000 sq. mi. (750,000 sq. km).
Related forms
Bornean, adjective, noun
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  • One half of the annual tropical timber acquisition of the whole world comes from Borneo.
  • Espresso with the headhunters a journey through the jungles of Borneo.
British Dictionary definitions for Borneo

Borneo

/ˈbɔːnɪˌəʊ/
noun
1.
an island in the W Pacific, between the Sulu and Java Seas, part of the Malay Archipelago: divided into Kalimantan (Indonesian Borneo), the Malaysian states of Sarawak and Sabah, and the sultanate of Brunei; mountainous and densely forested. Area: about 750 000 sq km (290 000 sq miles)
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Word Origin and History for Borneo

large island in Indonesia, from Portuguese alteration of Brunei, which is today the name of a sultanate on the island. This is Hindi and probably ultimately from Sanskrit bhumi "land, region."

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Borneo in Culture

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Island in Indonesia southwest of the Philippines and north of Java.

Note: The third-largest island in the world, Borneo is mostly covered by dense jungle and rain forest.
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