Melanesians

Melanesian

[mel-uh-nee-zhuhn, -shuhn]
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:
1840–50; Melanesi(a) + -an

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Melanesian (ˌmɛləˈniːzɪən)
 
adj
1.  of or relating to Melanesia, its people, or their languages
 
n
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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Melanesian
1849, in ref. to Melanesia, one of three large divisions of Pacific islands, from Gk. melano-, comb. form of melas (gen. melanos) "black" (see melanin) + nesos "island." Modeled after Polynesia and meant to signify "the islands inhabited by blacks."
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