Moluccas[mō luk′əz, mə-]
Moluccas definition by Webster's New World
group of islands of Indonesia, between Sulawesi & New Guinea: 28,767 sq mi (74,506 sq km); pop. 1,742,000
also Molucca Islands
Moluccas definition by American Heritage Dictionary
Formerly Spice Islands
A group of islands of eastern Indonesia between Sulawesi and New Guinea. Discovered in the early 16th century, the islands were settled by the Portuguese but taken in the 17th century by the Dutch, who used them as the basis for their monopoly of the spice trade.
- Mo·lucˈcan adjective & n.