[mel-uh-nee-zhuh n, -shuh n]
- of or relating to Melanesia, its inhabitants, or their languages.
Origin of Melanesian
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Examples from the Web for melanesian
The languages belong to the Melanesian and Polynesian classes.
He seemed to confirm the theory that the African is superior to the Melanesian.
It is extraordinary that a myth like the Melanesian should occur in Brazil.Myth, Ritual, and Religion, Vol. 1
But the Melanesian lads really do all this kind of work now.
I don't want to be hunting after a Melanesian paulo-post-futurum.
- of or relating to Melanesia, its people, or their languages
- a native or inhabitant of Melanesia: generally Negroid with frizzy hair and small stature
- a group or branch of languages spoken in Melanesia, belonging to the Malayo-Polynesian family
- See also Neo-Melanesian
Word Origin and History for melanesian
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