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An island of eastern Indonesia in the Lesser Sundas on the Flores Sea, between the eastern end of the Java Sea and the western end of the Banda Sea south of Sulawesi. The island came under Dutch influence in the 1600s, although the Portuguese held the eastern end until 1851.
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1. (Placename) an island in Indonesia, one of the Lesser Sunda Islands, between the Flores Sea and the Savu Sea: mountainous, with active volcanoes and unexplored forests. Chief town: Ende. Area: 17 150 sq km (6622 sq miles)
2. (Placename) an island in the Atlantic, the westernmost of the Azores. Chief town: Santa Cruz. Area: 142 sq km (55 sq miles)
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Flo•res(ˈflɔr ɪs, -iz, ˈfloʊr- for 2; Port. ˈflɔ rɪʃ for 3 )
1. one of the Lesser Sunda Islands in Indonesia, separated from Sulawesi by the Flores Sea. ab. 200,000 with adjacent islands; 7753 sq. mi. (20,080 sq. km).
2. the westernmost island of the Azores, in the N Atlantic. 55 sq. mi. (142 sq. km).
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