[aw-stroh-nee-zhuh n, -shuh n]
Also called Malayo-Polynesian. a family of languages spoken in the Malay Peninsula, Indonesia, the Philippines, Vietnam, Taiwan, Madagascar, and Oceania.
of or relating to Austronesia or the Austronesian family of languages; Malayo-Polynesian.
Origin of Austronesian
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The Austronesian languages spread from these areas over thousands of miles beyond.The Civilization of Illiteracy
of or relating to Austronesia, its peoples, or their languages
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