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(Placename) the former name of the Moluccas
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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|Noun||1.||Spice 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|