One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Relating to or characteristic of Java, a large island in the Malay Archipelago.‘the Javan highland’
- ‘The temple is thought to be an entrance to an important complex of buildings long since lost to the corrosive effects of the steamy Javan environment.’
- ‘The nine official tiger subspecies are: Bengal, South China, Siberian, Sumatran, Malayan, Indochinese, Caspian, Bali and Javan.’
- ‘Camera traps placed in the Javan rainforest have captured striking images of beautiful and endangered Javan leopards.’
- ‘Only a few hundred Sumatran rhinos and 70 Javan rhinos remain.’
- ‘The Bali tiger died out in the 1940s, the Caspian tiger in the 1970s and the Javan tiger in the 1980s.’
A native or inhabitant of Java, a large island in the Malay Archipelago.‘the great skill of the Javans in agriculture’
- ‘The government program offers Javans five-hectare plots to relocate and grow palm oil.’
- ‘The commercial monopoly of the Dutch was highly advantageous to the character of the Javans.’
- ‘Though "feudal", the Javans still retained old patriarchal virtues and simplicity.’
- ‘Nobody mines sulphur any more (though some Javans do still pick it from an active volcano).’
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