Melanesian



[mel-uh-nee-zhuh n, -shuh n] /ˌmɛl əˈni ʒən, -ʃən/

adjective
1.
of or relating to , its inhabitants, or their languages.
noun
2.
a member of any of the native peoples inhabiting .
3.
the Austronesian languages of , taken collectively.
/ˌmɛləˈniːzɪən/
adjective
1.
of or relating to Melanesia, its people, or their languages
noun
2.
a native or inhabitant of Melanesia: generally Negroid with frizzy hair and small stature
3.
a group or branch of languages spoken in Melanesia, belonging to the Malayo-Polynesian family
4.
See also Neo-Melanesian
adj.

1840, from Melanesia + -ian.

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