Austronesia

noun
islands of central and South Pacific (Indonesia and Melanesia and Micronesia and Polynesia)
Derivationally related forms: ↑Austronesian
Regions: ↑Polynesia
Instance Hypernyms: ↑archipelago
Part Holonyms: ↑Pacific, ↑Pacific Ocean
Member Meronyms: ↑Austronesian

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/aw'stroh nee"zheuh, -sheuh/, n.
the islands of the central and S Pacific.
[AUSTRO- + Gk nês(os) island + -ia -IA]

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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  • Austronesia — n. 1. the area comprising the islands of central and S Pacific (Indonesia and Melanesia and Micronesia and Polynesia). [WordNet 1.5] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Austronesia — [ôs΄trō nē′zhə] [< AUSTRO 2 (sense 1) + Gr nēsos, island + IA] the islands of the central and S Pacific …   English World dictionary

  • Austronesia — geographical name 1. the islands of the S Pacific 2. area extending from Madagascar through the Malay Peninsula & Archipelago to Hawaii & Easter Island …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • Austronesia — /aw stroh nee zheuh, sheuh/, n. the islands of the central and S Pacific. [AUSTRO + Gk nês(os) island + ia IA] * * * …   Universalium

  • Austronesia — noun The Pacific islands of Indonesia, Melanesia, Micronesia, and Polynesia considered as a group …   Wiktionary

  • Austronesia — isls. of the South Pacific, including Indonesia, Melanesia, Micronesia, and Polynesia …   Webster's Gazetteer

  • Austronesia — n. islands in the central and south Pacific Ocean …   English contemporary dictionary

  • Austronesia — Aus•tro•ne•sia [[t]ˌɔ stroʊˈni ʒə, ʃə[/t]] n. geg the islands of the central and S Pacific …   From formal English to slang

  • Austronesia — /ˌɒstrəˈniʒə/ (say .ostruh neezhuh) noun islands of the central and south Pacific. {Austro 1 + Greek nesos island + ia} …   Australian English dictionary

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