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former name of Sulawesi.
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the English name for Sulawesi

old name for modern Sulawesi (which itself might be a native corruption of Celebes) in Indonesia, first used by Portuguese, 1512, perhaps from Os Célebres “the famous ones,” a name given by navigators to the dangerous capes on the island’s northeast coast.


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