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1A member of an indigenous people or group of peoples inhabiting Sulawesi, the Moluccas, and certain other islands of South-East Asia; = Alfur.Related Alfur
2rare Any of a group of languages spoken by the Alfurese; these languages collectively. Now rare.
Of or relating to the Alfurese or their languages.
Late 18th century; earliest use found in Samuel Wilcocke (?1766–1833). Originally from Dutch Alfoerees, with remodelling of the suffix after -ese.
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