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 (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

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(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.
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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
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Now, that Lazarus should lie stranded there on the curbstone before the door of Dives, this is more wonderful than that an iceberg should be moored to one of the Moluccas. Yet Dives himself, he too lives like a Czar in an ice palace made of frozen sighs, and being a president of a temperance society, he only drinks the tepid tears of orphans.
Pseuderia orchids, she said, are found primarily in New Guinea and on the islands of Moluccas, Micronesia, the Solomon Islands and Fiji.
Its Moluccas islands were hit by a powerful 7.2 quake on Sunday that killed at least two people and prompted hundreds to flee their homes.
Indonesia's Moluccas islands were hit by scores of aftershocks on Monday after an earthquake killed at least two people, prompting hundreds of people to flee their homes.
JAKARTA - A magnitude 7.3 earthquake struck the Moluccas islands in eastern Indonesia on Sunday, the US Geological Survey (USGS) reported, killing one person and causing panic among residents.
His plan was to follow this route to reach the Moluccas (Spice Islands), the key to the strategic and tremendously lucrative spice trade.
The first governor-general of the Philippines, Miguel Lopez de Legazpi, arrived in Cebu in 1565, and shifted Spain's colonial focus in the region from the Spice Islands (Moluccas, Bandas) to Luzon.
Among their topics are Persian language in Arabic script: the formation of the orthographic standard and the different graphic traditions of Iran during the first centuries of the Islamic era, cross-palaeographic traditions: some examples from Old Christian Arabic sources, how to write Turkish: the vagaries of the Arabo-Persian script in Ottoman-Turkish texts, a collection of unstandardized consistencies: the use of Jawi script in a few early Malay manuscripts from the Moluccas, and beyond 'agami in Ethiopia: a short note on an Arabic-Islamic collection of texts written in Ethiopian script (fidal).
Cecile Barraud analyses the case of Tanebar-Evav in the Southeast Moluccas, where agama Hindu has only recently been integrated into the local spectrum of religious denominations.
If regular bees weren't terrifying enough, a giant one was recently rediscovered on the islands of North Moluccas, Indonesia by nature photographer Clay Bolt and his team.
His mission: sail around the world in honor of the King of Spain through a western route to the Spice Islands (Moluccas).
The illustrated Herbarium Amboinense served as the basis for all subsequent explorations of the flora of the Moluccas (the Spice Islands).