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 (mə-lŭk′əz) also Ma·lu·ku (mä-lo͞o′ko͞o)
A group of islands of eastern Indonesia between Sulawesi and New Guinea. Inhabited by various Malay and Papuan peoples, the islands were colonized first by the Portuguese in the 1500s and later fell to the Dutch in the 1600s. The Moluccas, long known as the "Spice Islands," have historically provided much of the world's cloves, nutmeg, and mace.

Mo·luc′can adj. & n.


(məʊˈlʌkəz; mə-) or

Molucca Islands

pl n
(Placename) a group of islands in the Malay Archipelago, between Sulawesi (Celebes) and New Guinea. Capital: Amboina. Pop: 1 990 598 (2000). Area: about 74 505 sq km (28 766 sq miles). Indonesian name: Maluku Former name: Spice Islands


(məˈlʌk əz)
a group of islands in Indonesia, between Sulawesi and New Guinea. 1,411,006; ab. 30,000 sq. mi. (78,000 sq. km). Also called Moluc′ca Is′lands. Formerly, Spice Islands.
Mo•luc′can, adj., n.
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Noun1.Moluccas - a group of island in eastern Indonesia between Celebes and New GuineaMoluccas - a group of island in eastern Indonesia between Celebes and New Guinea; settled by the Portuguese but taken by the Dutch who made them the center for a spice monopoly, at which time they were known as Spice Islands
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
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Now, that Lazarus should lie stranded there on the curbstone before the door of Dives, this is more wonderful than that an iceberg should be moored to one of the Moluccas.
Between East and West: The Moluccas and the Traffic in Spices up to the Arrival of Europeans.
In the early 1980s, KUFPEC got 40% in the onshore Seram block, on the islands of Moluccas (west of Papua), where in 1994 it found the Seram oilfield in a Pre-Tertiary Fm.
6) and a set of large-scale-violence instances well-known to students of Indonesian politics, namely, West and Central Borneo, Central Sulawesi, and the Moluccas (ch.
3 was recorded off the Moluccas in Indonesia on Saturday, the national disaster mitigation agency said, causing residents near the quake to flee their homes after a tsunami warning was issued.
leaving no need for the spices from Moluccas, and the medicines from Arabia and Persia, given that our Indies yield them spontaneously in the untilled fields and in the mountains.
An account of the Blattidae (Orthoptera) from Celebes, the Moluccas, and New Guinea.
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1) The "untamed areas" of Borneo and New Guinea were allocated to Catholic missionaries, while Celebes, the Moluccas and the Batak uplands of Sumatra were assigned to Protestants (p.