Examples from the Web for melanesia
Fire is lighted here, as in all Melanesia, by “ploughing,” a small stick being rubbed lengthwise in a larger one.Two Years with the Natives in the Western Pacific|Felix Speiser
I did not aim only at getting money for Melanesia; I took much higher ground than that.
Melanesia doesn't have such combinations of consonants and harsh sounds as our vernacular rejoices in.
So the first division into Melanesia and Polynesia has in latest times come to be of value, and the dogma once fixed has remained.The Former Philippines thru Foreign Eyes|Toms de Comyn
This is almost the only example of a ferry-boat used by ghosts in Melanesia.The Belief in Immortality and the Worship of the Dead, Volume I (of 3)|Sir James George Frazer
British Dictionary definitions for melanesia
Word Origin for Melanesia
Word Origin and History for melanesia
one of three large divisions of Pacific islands, 1840, from a continental language, from melano- + nesos "island" (see Chersonese) + -ia. Modeled after Polynesia and meant to signify "the islands inhabited by blacks."
La Melanesia comprende la grande isola Australia, e quelle degli arcipelaghi di Salomone, di Lapèrouse, di Quiros, e dei gruppi della Nuova Caledonia, di Norfolk, e della Diemenin. A cagione dei Neri Oceanici, che, quasi esclusivamente, ne popolano le regioni, questa parte della Oceania ebbe dai moderni geografi e viaggiatori (il Graberg, il Rienzi, il d'Urville, ec.) il nome di Melanesia. ["Corso di Geografia Universale," Firenze, 1839]