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

  • An island of the western Pacific Ocean in the Malay Archipelago east of Java, divided between Indonesia and East Timor. The western half of the island, formerly Netherlands Timor, became part of Indonesia in 1949. The eastern half was an overseas province of Portugal from 1914 until 1975, when it declared its independence as East Timor. Indonesia invaded the same year and annexed East Timor in 1976. East Timor achieved full independence in 2002.

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  • proper n. An island in the Sundas

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

  • n. an island in Indonesia in the Malay Archipelago; the largest and most eastern of the Lesser Sunda Islands


From Malay Timor, from timur ("east"), from Proto-Malayic *timur, from Proto-Malayo-Polynesian *timuʀ, from Proto-Austronesian *timuʀ. (Wiktionary)



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