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

  • A group of islands of the western Malay Archipelago between the South China Sea and the Indian Ocean. The Greater Sunda Islands include Sumatra, Borneo, Java, and Sulawesi; the Lesser Sunda Islands lie east of Java and extend from Bali to Timor. Sumatra and Java are separated by the Sunda Strait, a narrow channel linking the Indian Ocean with the Java Sea.

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  • n. a chain of islands in the western Malay Archipelago


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  • It is possible that the word originally was used by town-dwellers on Java to describe savage forest tribes of the Sunda Islands and that Europeans misunderstood it to mean the ape.

    Archive 2008-05-01

  • J. van Toch, what he thought of this Tana Masa where you've just dropped anchor he would first curse for a short while and then he would tell you that it's the dirtiest hole all the Sunda Islands, even more loathsome than Tana Bala and easily as damnable as Pini or Banyak; that the only apology for a human being that lives there

    The War with the Newts

  • Following the conclusion of a military truce, the Dutch and Indonesians initialed the CHERIBON AGREEMENT providing for Dutch recognition of the Indonesian Republic (Java, Sumatra, and Madura) and the establishment of the United States of Indonesia, to include, besides the Indonesian Republic, the states of Borneo and the Great East (Celebes, the Sunda Islands, and the Moluccas).

    4. Indonesia

  • The Indian Ocean formed a continent which extended from the Sunda Islands along the southern coast of Asia to the east coast of Africa.

    The Story of Atlantis and the Lost Lemuria

  • But there are a number of circumstances (especially chorological facts) which suggest that the primeval home of man was a continent now sunk below the surface of the Indian Ocean, which extended along the south of Asia, as it is at present (and probably in direct connection with it), towards the east, as far as Further India and the Sunda Islands; towards the west, as far as Madagascar and the south-eastern shores of Africa.

    The Story of Atlantis and the Lost Lemuria

  • The Moluccas and lesser Sunda Islands just west of New Guinea were stated by De Quatrefages in 1887 (Les Pygmées) to be inhabited by

    Negritos of Zambales

  • Sunda Islands at the eastern end of the Indonesian archipelago; note

    The 2007 CIA World Factbook

  • Sumatra is one of the Sunda Islands, having Malacca on the north,

    Adventures in Southern Seas A Tale of the Sixteenth Century

  • It was my first glimpse of the Sunda Islands, of which I had heard so much, and I well remember that I stood by the forward rigging watching the distant land from where it seemed on my right to rise from the sea, to where it seemed on my left to go down beyond the horizon into the sea again, and that I murmured to myself in a small, awed voice: --

    The Mutineers

  • The only seasons really distinguishable are the rainy and dry seasons, and the Sunda Islands constitute one of the rainiest regions in the world.

    From Pole to Pole A Book for Young People


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