Austronesian

[aw-stroh-nee-zhuh n, -shuh n]
noun
  1. Also called Malayo-Polynesian. a family of languages spoken in the Malay Peninsula, Indonesia, the Philippines, Vietnam, Taiwan, Madagascar, and Oceania.
adjective
  1. of or relating to Austronesia or the Austronesian family of languages; Malayo-Polynesian.

Origin of Austronesian

First recorded in 1900–05; Austronesi(a) + -an
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Austronesian

adjective
  1. of or relating to Austronesia, its peoples, or their languages
noun
  1. another name for Malayo-Polynesian
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