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[krak-uh-tou, krah-kuh-] /ˌkræk əˈtaʊ, ˌkrɑ kə-/
a volcano and small island in Indonesia, between Java and Sumatra: violent eruption 1883.
Also, Krakatao, Krakatoa
[krak-uh-toh-uh, krah-kuh-] /ˌkræk əˈtoʊ ə, ˌkrɑ kə-/ (Show IPA)
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  • During the krakatoa eruption no gale of special violence occurred, and the region is one of comparative calms.

    Darwinism (1889) Alfred Russel Wallace
  • But this was not the Great Eruption of krakatoa—only a rehearsal, as it were.

    Blown to Bits R.M. Ballantyne
  • krakatoa was uninhabited, and no satisfactory map or chart of it had been made.

  • All this, and a great deal more, was caused by the dust of krakatoa!

    Blown to Bits R.M. Ballantyne
  • These, with krakatoa, are merely the higher parts still remaining above water of the ring or lip of the ancient crater.

    Blown to Bits R.M. Ballantyne
  • The second is named krakatoa by its eccentric owner, Captain Roy.

    Blown to Bits R.M. Ballantyne
  • Unusually cold periods, that lasted for months, followed the terrible eruption of krakatoa in 1883 and of Katmai in 1912.

    Astronomy for Young Folks Isabel Martin Lewis
  • But krakatoa: that's the explanation that the scientists gave.

    The Book of the Damned Charles Fort
  • Dacite is the lava of krakatoa and some of the volcanoes of Japan.

British Dictionary definitions for krakatoa


/ˌkrɑːkəˈtəʊə; ˌkrækəˈtəʊə/
a volcanic island in Indonesia, in the Sunda Strait between Java and Sumatra: partially destroyed by its eruption in 1883, the greatest in recorded history. Further eruptions 44 years later formed a new island, Anak Krakatau ("Child of Krakatau") Also called Rakata
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