Belitung


Be·li·tung

geographical name \bā-ˈlē-təŋ\

Definition of BELITUNG

island Indonesia between Sumatra & Borneo area 1866 square miles (4852 square kilometers), pop 102,375

Variants of BELITUNG

Be·li·tung or Bil·li·ton \bi-ˈlē-ˌtän\

Belitung

geographical name    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Island, Bangka-Belitung province, west-central Indonesia. Lying on the Karimata Strait between the islands of Bangka (west) and Borneo (northeast), it is situated between the South China Sea (north) and Java Sea (south). It is some 55 mi (90 km) long and 45 mi (70 km) wide, with an area of about 1,850 sq mi (4,800 sq km). The main town and port is Tanjungpandan. Belitung was ceded to the British in 1812 by the sultan of Palembang, Sumatra, but Britain recognized the Dutch claim in 1824. The island became part of Indonesia after World War II. It is important for its tin mines, discovered in 1851.

Variants of BELITUNG

Belitung or Billiton

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