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Micronesia

[ mahy-kruh-nee-zhuh, ‐shuh ]
/ ˌmaɪ krəˈni ʒə, ‐ʃə /
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noun
one of the three principal divisions of Oceania, comprising the small Pacific islands north of the equator and east of the Philippines, whose main groups are the Mariana Islands, the Caroline Islands, and the Marshall Islands.
Federated States of Micronesia, a group of islands in the western Pacific, in the Caroline Islands, comprising the islands of Pohnpei, Truk, Yap, and Kosrae: formerly a part of the Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands; now a self-governing area associated with the United States. 271 sq. mi. (701 sq. km).
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British Dictionary definitions for Micronesia

Micronesia
/ (ˌmaɪkrəʊˈniːzɪə) /

noun
one of the three divisions of islands in the Pacific (the others being Melanesia and Polynesia); the NW division of Oceania: includes the Mariana, Caroline, Marshall, and Kiribati island groups, and Nauru Island
Federated States of Micronesia an island group in the W Pacific, formerly within the United States Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands: comprises the islands of Truk, Yap, Ponape, and Kosrae: formed in 1979 when the islands became self-governing: status of free association with the US from 1982. Languages: English and Micronesian languages. Religion: Christian majority. Currency: US dollar. Capital: Palikir. Pop: 106 104 (2013 est)

Word Origin for Micronesia

C19: from micro- + Greek nēsos island; so called from the small size of many of the islands; on the model of Polynesia
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