[see-ram; Port. se-rahn; Du. sey-rahm]
Ceram, island, Indonesia: see Seram.
or Seram

Island of the central Moluccas, Indonesia. It has an area of 6,621 sq mi (17,148 sq km). The terrain is mountainous and covered with tropical forests; seismic activity is common. Portuguese missionaries arriving in the 15th century found Hindu and Islamic influences present; the island came under nominal Dutch control circa 1650. During World War II the Japanese occupied it; after the war it became part of Indonesia.

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