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Type Political Subdivision
Usage Malay, English
Scripts کلنتن(Malay Jawi)
Pronounced Pron. /kə.ˈlan.tan/(Malay) /kə.ˈlæn.ˌtæn/(English)  [key·simplify]

Meaning & History

Meaning uncertain, possibly from Malay gelam hutam meaning "cajeput" (a type of tree), kilatan meaning "lightning, flash" or kolam tanah meaning "dirt pool". Alternatively, it may be from Tamil கோலம் (kolam) referring to an art form from the Indian subcontinent consisting of stylised designs made of powder. This is the name of a state in northeastern Malaysia.
Added 3/23/2020 by HL
Edited 9/9/2021 by HL