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

  • An island group of eastern Indonesia, part of the Moluccas in the Arafura Sea southwest of New Guinea. The islands were colonized by the Dutch after 1623.


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  • The Sula Islands were included within the Sulawesi lowland rain forests and the Aru Islands in the Vogelkop-Aru lowland rain forests.

    Buru rain forests

  • The dusky pademelon is the only macropodid (kangaroo) found in the Banda Sea islands (Kai), although it is also found in the Aru Islands and the Trans Fly of New Guinea.

    Banda Sea Islands moist deciduous forests

  • IN this chapter I propose to give a general sketch of the physical geography of the Aru Islands, and of their relation to the surrounding countries; and shall thus be able to incorporate the information obtained from traders, and from the works of other naturalists with my own observations in these exceedingly interesting and little-known regions.

    The Malay Archipelago

  • In Borneo, in the Aru Islands, and on the banks of the Amazon, I have observed them at the level of the sea, and think it probable that the altitude supposed to be requisite for them may have been deduced from facts observed in countries where the plains and lowlands are largely cultivated, and most of the indigenous vegetation destroyed.

    The Malay Archipelago

  • As I improved my acquaintance with them I became much interested in these people, who are a fair sample of the true savage inhabitants of the Aru Islands, tolerably free from foreign admixture.

    The Malay Archipelago

  • My expedition to the Aru Islands had been eminently successful.

    The Malay Archipelago

  • We had a light breeze, a calm sea, and a fine morning, a prosperous commencement of our voyage of about a thousand miles to the far-famed Aru Islands.

    The Malay Archipelago

  • The range of islands south of Sumatra, a part of the south coast of Java and of the islands east of it, the west and east end of Timor, portions of all the Moluccas, the Ke and Aru Islands, Waigiou, and the whole south and east of Gilolo, consist in a great measure of upraised coral-rock, exactly corresponding to that now forming in the adjacent seas.

    The Malay Archipelago

  • The Red Birds of Paradise are not shot with blunt arrows, as in the Aru Islands and some parts of New Guinea, but are snared in a very ingenious manner.

    The Malay Archipelago

  • Aru Islands is looked upon as a rather wild and romantic expedition, fall of novel sights and strange adventures.

    The Malay Archipelago


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