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[muh-lak-uh, -lah-kuh] /məˈlæk ə, -ˈlɑ kə/
a state in Malaysia, on the SW Malay Peninsula: formerly a part of the British Straits Settlements and of the Federation of Malaya. 640 sq. mi. (1658 sq. km).
a seaport in and the capital of this state.
Strait of, a strait between Sumatra and the Malay Peninsula. 35–185 miles (56–298 km) wide.
Also, Melaka (for defs 1, 2).
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Malaccan, adjective, noun Unabridged
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  • He evidently practised magic and medicine and exerted an unusually strong influence on the people of Malacca.

    The History of Sulu Najeeb M. Saleeby
  • The Thisbe had once more got free of the Straits of Malacca.

    Won from the Waves W.H.G. Kingston
  • He therefore took steps to open up a direct trade in cinnamon with Ceylon, and made his famous expedition to Malacca.

    Rulers of India: Albuquerque Henry Morse Stephens
  • He was to cross the Bay of Bengal and explore the coast of Malacca.

    A Book of Discovery Margaret Bertha (M. B.) Synge
  • Some of the men were hanged, and many transported to our penal settlements in the Straits of Malacca.

    Prisoners Their Own Warders J. F. A. McNair
  • When he dropped into Fetzer's pool shack carrying a Malacca cane, for example.

    Gigolo Edna Ferber
  • These intervals were mistaken by the Portuguese occasionally for degrees, which account for Malacca, which is in lat.

  • Then why not make a strong effort, and get them down to Malacca?

    The Rajah of Dah George Manville Fenn
  • Perhaps it was the check for the misappropriation of which he afterward found his way to the convict lines of Malacca.

    Siam George B. Bacon
  • The Straits of Malacca abound with places with Sanskrit names.

    A Manual of the Malay language William Edward Maxwell
British Dictionary definitions for Malacca


the stem of the rattan palm
a walking stick made from this stem


a state of SW Peninsular Malaysia: rubber plantations. Capital: Malacca. Pop: 635 791 (2000). Area: 1683 sq km (650 sq miles)
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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