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Celebes

[sel-uh-beez, suh-lee-beez; Dutch se-ley-bes] /ˈsɛl əˌbiz, səˈli biz; Dutch sɛˈleɪ bɛs/
noun
1.
former name of Sulawesi.
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Celebesian
[sel-uh-bee-zhuh n] /ˌsɛl əˈbi ʒən/ (Show IPA),
adjective
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Celebes

/ˈsɛlɪbiːz; sɛˈliːbɪz/
noun
1.
the English name for Sulawesi
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Celebes

old name for modern Sulawesi (which itself might be a native corruption of Celebes) in Indonesia, first used by Portuguese, 1512, perhaps from Os Célebres "the famous ones," a name given by navigators to the dangerous capes on the island's northeast coast.

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