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Polynesian

[pol-uh-nee-zhuh n, -shuh n] /ˌpɒl əˈni ʒən, -ʃən/
adjective
1.
of or pertaining to Polynesia, its inhabitants, or their languages.
noun
2.
a member of any of a number of brown-skinned peoples, variously classified as to race, of distinctive customs, speaking closely related Austronesian languages, who inhabit Polynesia.
3.
the easternmost group of Austronesian languages, including Maori, Tahitian, Samoan, Hawaiian, and the language of Easter Island.
Origin
1805-1815
1805-15; Polynesi(a) + -an
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Polynesian

/ˌpɒlɪˈniːʒən; -ʒɪən/
adjective
1.
of or relating to Polynesia, its people, or any of their languages
noun
2.
a member of the people that inhabit Polynesia, generally of Caucasoid features with light skin and wavy hair
3.
a branch of the Malayo-Polynesian family of languages, including Māori and Hawaiian and a number of other closely related languages of the S and central Pacific
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