- one of the three principal divisions of Oceania, comprising the small Pacific islands N of the equator and E of the Philippines, whose main groups are the Mariana Islands, the Caroline Islands, and the Marshall Islands.
- Federated States of, a group of islands in the W Pacific, in the Caroline Islands, comprising the islands of Pohnpei, Truk, Yap, and Kosrae: formerly a part of the Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands; now a self-governing area associated with the U.S. 271 sq. mi. (701 sq. km).
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It has medical writing, but it also has travel writing: going to Micronesia to see this island of colorblind people.Oliver Sacks: How I Write
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Texas is also well ahead of Rwanda (44), Micronesia (51), and Egypt (50).Gail Collins on Texas’s Abstinence Sex Education Problems
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Maigret and Bachelot left in a schooner for Bonabe, Micronesia.The Hawaiian Islands
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Two birds of this component have reached the islands of eastern Micronesia.
Certain groups of birds are more evident in Micronesia than others.
These statements are applicable to the history of the avifauna of Micronesia.
Winters chiefly in Polynesia, also Melanesia and Micronesia.
- one of the three divisions of islands in the Pacific (the others being Melanesia and Polynesia); the NW division of Oceania: includes the Mariana, Caroline, Marshall, and Kiribati island groups, and Nauru Island
- Federated States of Micronesia an island group in the W Pacific, formerly within the United States Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands: comprises the islands of Truk, Yap, Ponape, and Kosrae: formed in 1979 when the islands became self-governing: status of free association with the US from 1982. Languages: English and Micronesian languages. Religion: Christian majority. Currency: US dollar. Capital: Palikir. Pop: 106 104 (2013 est)
C19: from micro- + Greek nēsos island; so called from the small size of many of the islands; on the model of Polynesia
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Word Origin and History for micronesia
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