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[muh-ley-oh-pol-uh-nee-zhuh n, -shuh n]
noun, adjective
  1. Austronesian.
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Historical Examples

  • Above this, we have a second level of culture, the Malayo-Polynesian.

    Elements of Folk Psychology

    Wilhelm Wundt

  • It is astonishing how widely this Malayo-Polynesian speech has spread.

  • As compared with Malayo-Polynesian culture, however, it presents an important additional factor.

  • The American and the Malayo-Polynesian races form the two last groups.

  • The group belongs to the Malayo-Polynesian race, of which the parent stock seems to have inhabited the region of Annam.

British Dictionary definitions for malayo-polynesian


  1. Also called: Austronesian a family of languages extending from Madagascar to the central Pacific, including Malagasy, Malay, Indonesian, Tagalog, and PolynesianSee also Austro-Asiatic
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  1. of or relating to this family of languages
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