both the name of the majority race in Malaysia and the name of their language.

the Malay language was the lingua franca for trade in South East Asia for quite a while from the 15th century to the 19th century, supposedly because it was the language that the traders of diverse backgrounds could pick up easily.

Ma*lay" (?), n.

One of a race of a brown or copper complexion in the Malay Peninsula and the western islands of the Indian Archipelago.

 

© Webster 1913.


Ma*lay" (?), Ma*lay"an (?), a.

Of or pertaining to the Malays or their country.

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n.

The Malay language.

Malay apple Bot., a myrtaceous tree (Eugenia Malaccensis) common in India; also, its applelike fruit.

 

© Webster 1913.

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