Austronesian

Austronesian

[aw-stroh-nee-zhuhn, -shuhn]
noun
1.
Also called Malayo-Polynesian. a family of languages spoken in the Malay Peninsula, Indonesia, the Philippines, Vietnam, Taiwan, Madagascar, and Oceania.
adjective
2.
of or pertaining to Austronesia or the Austronesian family of languages; Malayo-Polynesian.

Origin:
1900–05; Austronesi(a) + -an

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Austronesian (ˌɒstrəʊˈniːʒən, -ʃən)
 
adj
1.  of or relating to Austronesia, its peoples, or their languages
 
n
2.  another name for Malayo-Polynesian

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