HyperDic: moluccas

English > 1 sense of the word Moluccas:
NOUNlocationMoluccas, Spice Islandsa group of island in eastern Indonesia between Celebes and New Guinea
English > Moluccas: 1 sense > noun 1, location
MeaningA 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 / spice monopoly / monopoly, at which time they were known as Spice Islands.
SynonymSpice Islands
Instance ofislandA land mass (smaller than a continent) that is surrounded by water
Part ofIndonesia, Republic of Indonesia, Dutch East IndiesA republic in southeastern Asia on an archipelago including more than 13,000 islands

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