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Melanesian

[mel-uh-nee-zhuh n, -shuh n] /ˌmɛl əˈni ʒən, -ʃən/
adjective
1.
of or pertaining to Melanesia, its inhabitants, or their languages.
noun
2.
a member of any of the native peoples inhabiting Melanesia.
3.
the Austronesian languages of Melanesia, taken collectively.
Origin
1840-1850
1840-50; Melanesi(a) + -an
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British Dictionary definitions for melanesians

Melanesian

/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
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Word Origin and History for melanesians

Melanesian

adj.

1840, from Melanesia + -ian.

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