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[soo-mah-truh] /sʊˈmɑ trə/
a large island in the W part of Indonesia. 164,147 sq. mi. (425,141 sq. km).
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Sumatran, adjective, noun Unabridged
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  • For instance, if the trail takes you to Indonesia, you may want to hunt the hairy sumatran rhinoceros.

    The Caves of Fear John Blaine
  • Some new crater may have burst forth in the sumatran ranges.

    Blown to Bits R.M. Ballantyne
  • This is the case with many of the sumatran women of Lampong.

  • Do you for an instant suppose that there is an English ether and a sumatran ether?

    The Poison Belt Arthur Conan Doyle
  • Now, for those who look for the wildest varieties of the sumatran tribes, these are the most likely localities.

  • It was claimed for the Florida grown sumatran leaf that in many ways it surpassed the native sumatran leaf.

    Tobacco Leaves W. A. Brennan
  • In Brunai, dogs are called kuyok, a term said to be of sumatran origin.

    British Borneo W. H. Treacher
  • The use of sumatran leaf as a wrapper for home-made cigars has increased remarkably in the last quarter century.

    Tobacco Leaves W. A. Brennan
  • It is usual, however, to use the imported and sumatran leaf as wrappers for all high class home-made cigars.

    Tobacco Leaves W. A. Brennan
British Dictionary definitions for sumatran


of or relating to Sumatra or its inhabitants
a native or inhabitant of Sumatra


a mountainous island in W Indonesia, in the Greater Sunda Islands, separated from the Malay Peninsula by the Strait of Malacca: Dutch control began in the 16th century; joined Indonesia in 1945. Northern coastal areas, esp Aceh province, suffered devastation as a result of the Indian Ocean tsunami of December 2004. Pop: 42 409 510 (2000). Area: 473 606 sq km (182 821 sq miles) Indonesian spellling Sumatera
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Sumatra [(soo-mah-truh)]

Island in Indonesia in the Indian Ocean northwest of Java and west of Malaysia.

Note: Though much of the island is covered by swampland and impenetrable rain forest, Sumatra's industries — including oil, coal, gold, silver, rubber, timber, and tobacco — produce over half of Indonesia's income.
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