Etymology
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Celebes

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.

updated on October 10, 2017

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Definitions of Celebes from WordNet

Celebes (n.)
a mountainous island in eastern Indonesia;
Synonyms: Sulawesi
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