Melanesian

[ mel-uh-nee-zhuh n, -shuh n ]
/ ˌmɛl əˈni ʒən, -ʃən /

adjective

of or relating to Melanesia, its inhabitants, or their languages.

noun

a member of any of the native peoples inhabiting Melanesia.
the Austronesian languages of Melanesia, taken collectively.

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Origin of Melanesian

First recorded in 1840–50; Melanesi(a) + -an
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British Dictionary definitions for melanesian

Melanesian
/ (ˌmɛləˈniːzɪən) /

adjective

of or relating to Melanesia, its people, or their languages

noun

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
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