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Marquesan

[mahr-key-zuh n, -suh n] /mɑrˈkeɪ zən, -sən/
noun
1.
a Polynesian native of the Marquesas Islands.
2.
the Polynesian language of the Marquesas Islands.
adjective
3.
of, relating to, or characteristic of the Marquesas Islands, the Marquesans, or their language.
Origin of Marquesan
1790-1800
First recorded in 1790-1800; Marques(as Islands) + -an
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  • It is to the mature Marquesan what a watch is to the European schoolboy.

    In the South Seas Robert Louis Stevenson
  • Death alone could not satisfy Marquesan vengeance: the flesh must be eaten.

    In the South Seas Robert Louis Stevenson
  • This reserve and dignity is the finest trait of the Marquesan.

    In the South Seas Robert Louis Stevenson
  • The thought of death, I have said, is uppermost in the mind of the Marquesan.

    In the South Seas Robert Louis Stevenson
  • The Marquesan beholds with dismay the approaching extinction of his race.

    In the South Seas Robert Louis Stevenson
  • This proneness to suicide, and loose seat in life, is not peculiar to the Marquesan.

    In the South Seas Robert Louis Stevenson
  • Well, a Marquesan goat drive is just about like one of those—and then some.

    In the Track of the Trades Lewis R. Freeman
  • But the art of printing the tappa is unknown upon the Marquesan Islands.

    Typee Herman Melville
  • In a company of Marquesan natives the weather affords no topic of conversation.

    Typee Herman Melville
  • What would God do in cases where sharks had eaten a Marquesan?

British Dictionary definitions for Marquesan

Marquesan

/mɑːˈkeɪzən; -sən/
adjective
1.
of or relating to the Marquesas Islands or their inhabitants
noun
2.
a native or inhabitant of the Marquesas Islands
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