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Austronesian

[ aw-stroh-nee-zhuhn, -shuhn ]
/ ˌɔ stroʊˈni ʒən, -ʃən /
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noun

Also called Malayo-Polynesian. a family of languages spoken in the Malay Peninsula, Indonesia, the Philippines, Vietnam, Taiwan, Madagascar, and Oceania.

adjective

of or relating to Austronesia or the Austronesian family of languages; Malayo-Polynesian.

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Origin of Austronesian

First recorded in 1900–05; Austronesi(a) + -an
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British Dictionary definitions for Austronesian

Austronesian
/ (ˌɒstrəʊˈniːʒən, -ʃən) /

adjective

of or relating to Austronesia, its peoples, or their languages

noun

another name for Malayo-Polynesian
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