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[mel-uh-nee-zhuh, -shuh] /ˌmɛl əˈni ʒə, -ʃə/

one of the three principal divisions of Oceania, comprising the island groups in the S Pacific NE of Australia.
one of the three divisions of islands in the Pacific (the others being Micronesia and Polynesia); the SW division of Oceania: includes Fiji, New Caledonia, Vanuatu, the Bismarck Archipelago, and the Louisiade, Solomon, Santa Cruz, and Loyalty Islands, which all lie northeast of Australia

one of three large divisions of Pacific islands, 1840, from a continental language, from melano- + nesos “island” (see Chersonese) + -ia. Modeled after Polynesia and meant to signify “the islands inhabited by blacks.”

La Melanesia comprende la grande isola Australia, e quelle degli arcipelaghi di Salomone, di Lapèrouse, di Quiros, e dei gruppi della Nuova Caledonia, di Norfolk, e della Diemenin. A cagione dei Neri Oceanici, che, quasi esclusivamente, ne popolano le regioni, questa parte della Oceania ebbe dai moderni geografi e viaggiatori (il Graberg, il Rienzi, il d’Urville, ec.) il nome di Melanesia. [“Corso di Geografia Universale,” Firenze, 1839]


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