Spice Islands

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Spice Islands

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Spice Islands

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(Placename) the former name of the Moluccas

Mo•luc•cas

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n.pl.
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.Spice Islands - a group of island in eastern Indonesia between Celebes and New GuineaSpice Islands - 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