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Type Political Subdivision
Usage Malay, English
Scripts سابه(Malay Jawi)
Pronounced Pron. /sa.ˈbah/(Malay) /ˈsɑː.bɑː/(English)  [key·simplify]

Meaning & History

Of uncertain meaning, possibly from the name of the saba banana (a cultivar originally from the Philippines), which comes from a Visayan word meaning "loud, noisy". Other theories suggest that it is derived from a Brunei Malay word meaning "upstream, northerly", from Malay sabak referring to a place where palm sugar is extracted, or from Arabic صباح (sabah) meaning "morning". This is the name of a Malaysian state.
Added 10/28/2020 by HL
Edited 9/9/2021 by HL