The word bntng, think first of bintang, a star; but the word might also mean a large scar, to throw down, to spread, rigid, mutilated, enceinte, a kind of cucumber, a redoubt, according as it is pronounced, bantang, banting, bentang, buntang, buntung, bunting, bonteng, benteng.
RIOUW, RHIOUw or Bintang, an archipelago of the Dutch East Indies, E.
Coast of the chief island, Bintang or Riouw.
These cultivate gambier and pepper successfully in Bintang, and there is a considerable trade in wood.
Bintang has an area of about 440 sq m., and is surrounded by many rocks and small islands, making navigation dangerous.
Bintang is mentioned by Marco Polo under the name of Pentam, which is not far from the genuine Malay name Bentan, said to mean a half-moon.
After the Portuguese conquest of Malacca (1511), the expelled Mahommedan dynasty took up its residence on Bintang, where it long fostered piracy.
At this period the Portuguese power in the East was already beginning to wane; in the archipelago it was weakened by administrative corruption and by incessant war with native states, notably Bintang and Achin; bitter hostility was aroused by the attempts which the Portuguese made to establish a commercial monopoly and to force Christianity upon their native subjects and allies (see Portugal: History).
The strait which divides the island from the Dutch islands of Bintang, Rhio, &c., bears the name of the Singapore Strait.