from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- proper n. A group of islands in the Indian and Pacific Oceans between Asia and Australia.
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- n. a group of islands in the Indian and Pacific Oceans between Asia and Australia
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Are you aware that Mr.W. Earl published several years ago the view of distribution of animals in the Malay Archipelago in relation to the depth of the sea between the islands?
It needed, however, the further eight years spent by Wallace in the Malay Archipelago to bring about a much wider knowledge of nature-science before he was prepared in any way to assume the position of exponent of theories not seriously thought of previously in the scientific world.
Varieties, notwithstanding the common notion, weren’t always transient aberrations from normality; they could be virtually permanent too, especially in cases such as the sakis of the Amazon or the birdwings of the Malay Archipelago where permanent geographical boundaries kept the populations separate.
Now in The Malay Archipelago he answered it again, obliquely, as he remembered the birds of Aru:
Asa Gray, etc. I have heard from Mr. Sclater that your paper on the Malay Archipelago has been read at the Linnean Society, and that he was extremely much interested by it.