Austronesia

[ aw-stroh-nee-zhuh, -shuh ]
/ ˌɔ stroʊˈni ʒə, -ʃə /

noun

the islands of the central and S Pacific.

Origin of Austronesia

austro- + Greek nês(os) island + -ia -ia
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British Dictionary definitions for austronesia

Austronesia

/ (ˌɒstrəʊˈniːʒə, -ʃə) /

noun

the islands of the central and S Pacific, including Indonesia, Melanesia, Micronesia, and Polynesia
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