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 (so͞o′lä-wā′sē) also Cel·e·bes (sĕl′ə-bēz′, sə-lē′bēz′, sĕ-lā′bĕs)
An irregularly shaped island of central Indonesia on the equator east of Borneo. Noted for its many endemic animal species, it is inhabited by various Austronesian peoples and was colonized by the Portuguese (1500s) and Dutch (1600s) before joining the Republic of Indonesia in 1950.


(Placename) an island in E Indonesia: mountainous and forested, with volcanoes and hot springs. Pop: 14 946 488 (2000). Area (including adjacent islands): 229 108 sq km (88 440 sq miles). Also called: Celebes


(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.Sulawesi - 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
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Marking the start of railway fit-out on the 145 km standard gauge route being built from provincial capital Makassar to the port of Pare Pare, the first track has been laid on the island of Sulawesi.
CAKARTA (CyHAN)- Forest fire in Indonesia has expanded to another main island of Sulawesi in eastern parts of the country as satellite observation detects hundreds of hot spot there, disaster management agency official said here on Monday.
JAKARTA, Dhu-AlHijjah 21, 1436, October 05, 2015, SPA -- Indonesian authorities on Monday said they had found the wreckage of an Aviastar airline Twin Otter turboprop aircraft that went missing over Sulawesi island last week with 10 people on board, Reuters reported.
Five of the islands - Panay, Papua, Bali, Sumba and Sulawesi - will open as planned next month, as will the Lazy River Boat Trip.
A find in a reefal play raised possibilities of future prospects in the complex area of the Banda Arc, lying between Sulawesi and Papua.
North Sulawesi, Indonesia, Feb 17, 2015 - (ACN Newswire) - The Indian Consulate General Amarjeet Singh Takhi has offered free education scholarships in India to capable students and state officers of North Sulawesi.
Search teams and fishermen in Sulawesi have reported finding six corpses and debris from Flight QZ8501 over the past few days, propelled by monsoon winds and tides since the Dec.
Two animal drawings also found inside the Sulawesi caves are almost as old as the handprints.
2 earthquake has hit central Indonesia, in the Molucca Sea, between Sulawesi and Maluku chain of islands, according to the USGS.
2 million hectares of land mainly in Papua, East Kalimantan, Central Sulawesi, Maluku and Southeast Sulawesi.
An anti-terror police squad shot dead seven suspects and detained four others on Sulawesi and Sumbawa islands in central Indonesia last week.
SubsequentdispersalduringtheMioceneandPlioceneextendedtherangeofParathelphusato the Philippines, Sulawesi, the Malay Peninsula and Sumatra, and, during the Late Pliocene and Pleistocene, to Java.