Indonesia

geographical name
In·​do·​ne·​sia | \ ˌin-də-ˈnē-zhə How to pronounce Indonesia (audio) , -shə \

Definition of Indonesia

country in southeastern Asia in the Malay Archipelago comprising Sumatra, Java, southern and eastern Borneo, Sulawesi, western Timor, western New Guinea, the Moluccas, and many adjacent smaller islands; formerly (as the Netherlands Indies) an overseas territory of the Netherlands; capital Jakarta area 735,358 square miles (1,904,569 square kilometers), population 262,787,000 — see also indonesian sense 1

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“Indonesia.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Indonesia. Accessed 13 Jul. 2020.

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