(redirected from Molucca Islands)
Also found in: Thesaurus, Encyclopedia.


 (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.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
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
References in classic literature ?
We then set sail, and had a good voyage till we passed the Straits of Madagascar; but having got northward of that island, and to about five degrees south latitude, the winds, which in those seas are observed to blow a constant equal gale between the north and west, from the beginning of December to the beginning of May, on the 19th of April began to blow with much greater violence, and more westerly than usual, continuing so for twenty days together: during which time, we were driven a little to the east of the Molucca Islands, and about three degrees northward of the line, as our captain found by an observation he took the 2nd of May, at which time the wind ceased, and it was a perfect calm, whereat I was not a little rejoiced.
Jakarta, July 15, 2019, SPA --A magnitude-7.2 earthquake that rocked the Molucca islands in eastern Indonesia killed two people and damaged dozens of homes and buildings, officials said on Monday, according to dpa.
JAKARTA: An earthquake with a revised magnitude of 6.6 struck 174 kilometres (108 miles) north-northwest of the city of Ternate in Indonesia's Molucca islands on Sunday, followed by a series of aftershocks, but with no tsunami risk, the US Geological Survey (USGS) said.
The archipelago of the East: being the Sunda, the Molucca, and Phillipp Islands; the chief settlements of the Dutch in India are in the Sunda and Molucca Islands. J.
The Piper PA-34 Seneca, owned by PT Intan Angkasa Air Service, crashed into a paddy field and burst into flames near a housing complex in Tual on the Molucca Islands after taking off from Sentani town in Papua province.
What name was originally given to the Molucca Islands by Dutch traders?