Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The stem of the rattan palm, used for making canes and umbrella handles.
  • Strait ofMalacca A channel between Sumatra and the Malay Peninsula connecting the Andaman Sea with the South China Sea.

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  • proper n. State in western Malaysia.
  • proper n. Capital of Malacca state.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A town and district upon the seacoast of the Malay Peninsula.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a cane made from the stem of a rattan palm
  • n. stem of the rattan palm used for making canes and umbrella handles

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

After Malacca (now Melaka), a town of western Malaysia.

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From Malay Melaka, probably after melaka, a kind of tree that grows in the region.

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