Penang

geographical name
Pe·​nang | \ pə-ˈnaŋ How to pronounce Penang (audio) , -ˈnäŋ \

Definition of Penang

1 or Pinang \ pə-​ˈnaŋ How to pronounce Pinang (audio) , -​ˈnäŋ \ island of Malaysia in southeastern Asia at the northern end of the Strait of Malacca area 108 square miles (281 square kilometers)
2 or Pulau Pinang \ pü-​ˈlau̇-​ How to pronounce Pulau Pinang (audio) \ state of Malaysia (federation) comprising Penang Island and the mainland opposite it; capital George Town area 400 square miles (1036 square kilometers), population 1,540,500 Until 1948 Penang was one of the Straits Settlements.

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“Penang.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Penang. Accessed 20 January 2020.

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