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 (sĕl′ə-bēz′, sə-lē′bēz′, sĕ-lā′bĕs)


(ˈsɛlɪbiːz; sɛˈliːbɪz)
(Placename) the English name for Sulawesi


(ˌsu lɑˈweɪ si)

an island in central Indonesia, E of Borneo. 10,409,533 with adjacent islands; 72,986 sq. mi. (189,034 sq. km). Formerly, Celebes.
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Noun1.Celebes - a mountainous island in eastern Indonesia
Dutch East Indies, Indonesia, Republic of Indonesia - a republic in southeastern Asia on an archipelago including more than 13,000 islands; achieved independence from the Netherlands in 1945; the principal oil producer in the Far East and Pacific regions
References in classic literature ?
Windsor Earl has made some striking observations on this head in regard to the great Malay Archipelago, which is traversed near Celebes by a space of deep ocean; and this space separates two widely distinct mammalian faunas.
The natives belong to different islands in the East Indian archipelago, but all speak the same language: we saw the inhabitants of Borneo, Celebes, Java, and Sumatra.
But he preferred to talk of his native country--a small Bugis state on the island of Celebes.
There are deep waters in the south of the archipelago, the north in the Celebes Sea and the western Pacific Ocean.
Because Kolaka Regency was the biggest cacao producer in South East Celebes (Sulawesi) Province.
By means of alliances with local rulers, land purchases and outright conquest, VOC power was extended throughout the region and they established trading posts on Bali, Borneo, Celebes, Ceylon, India, Japan, Java, Malacca, the Persian Gulf, Sumatra, Taiwan and Timor.
Among his other dives are Sipadan Island, in the Celebes Sea off the east coast of Malaysia, and the Indian Ocean just off the coast of the Maldives.
The overlapping territorial claims of the two countries in Mindanao Sea, Celebes, Sea and the Philippine Sea has been resolved bilaterally after 20 years, said Philippine President Benigno Aquino at the signing ceremony in Malacanang, the presidential palace, which was also attended by Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono.
The agreement is the first maritime boundary treaty that includes annexed charts showing the EEZ boundary of the Philippines and Indonesia in the Mindanao Sea and Celebes Sea in the southern Philippines and in the Philippine Sea.
Participating companies are Celebes Coconut Corporation, GSL Premium Food Export Corporation, Herbanext Laboratories, Islamic Da'wah Council of the Philippines, JNRM Corporation, Malagos Agri-Venture Corporation, Mama Sita's, Pacific Isles International Trading, Inc.
From Java to Sumatra, Celebes and Bali, coffee plantations were spreading in the Archipelago as the European demand was growing.