Pronunciation: (in"du-nē'zhu, -shu, -zē-u, -dō-), [key]
1. See East Indies (def. 1).
2. Republic of. Formerly, Netherlands East Indies, Dutch East Indies. a republic in the Malay Archipelago consisting of 13,677 islands, including Sumatra, Java, Sulawesi, the S part of Borneo, the W part of New Guinea, the Moluccas, the Lesser Sunda Islands, Bali, and Madura: gained independence from the Netherlands in 1949. 179,100,000; 741,098 sq. mi. (1,919,443 sq. km).Cap.:Jakarta.
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