Kota Kinabalu

Kota Kinabalu

[koh-tuh kin-uh-buh-loo]
noun
a seaport in and the capital of the state of Sabah, in Malaysia, on the NW coast of Borneo.
Formerly Jesselton.
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Sabah

[sah-bah]
noun
a state in Malaysia, on the N tip of Borneo: formerly a British crown colony. 29,347 sq. mi. (76,008 sq. km). Capital: Kota Kinabalu.
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Kota Kinabalu (ˈkəʊtə ˌkɪnəbəˈluː)
 
n
Former name: Jesselton a port in Malaysia, capital of Sabah state on the South China Sea: exports timber and rubber. Pop: 439 000 (2005 est)

Sabah (ˈsɑːbɑː)
 
n
Former name (until 1963): North Borneo a state of Malaysia, occupying N Borneo and offshore islands in the South China and Sulu Seas: became a British protectorate in 1888; gained independence and joined Malaysia in 1963. Capital: Kota Kinabalu. Pop: 2 603 485 (2000). Area: 73 620 sq km (28 425 sq miles)

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kota kinabalu

city of Sabah state, East Malaysia, on the northwest coast of Borneo. Although razed by bombing during World War II (1939-45), the site was chosen in 1946 for the new capital of British North Borneo (now Sabah) because of the deepwater anchorage at Gaya Bay on the South China Sea; reconstruction and expansion, including reclaiming of the bay's foreshore, followed. Residential and commercial buildings now crowd a narrow strip of land between a string of offshore coral islands and the Crocker Range to the east

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