- one of the three principal divisions of Oceania, comprising those island groups in the Pacific lying E of Melanesia and Micronesia and extending from the Hawaiian Islands S to New Zealand.
Examples from the Web for polynesia
And there was the "Polynesia" in the midst of this world of gloom, and anger, and distance.From Plotzk to Boston
"Ay, skipper," the Kanaka answered in the rich, big-chested tones of Polynesia.A Son Of The Sun
How fervently she wished, now, that the missionaries had never come to Polynesia.'That Very Mab'
May Kendall and Andrew Lang
Nineteen Years in Polynesia, p. 238, and Samoa by the same author.Myth, Ritual, and Religion, Vol. 1
Winters chiefly in Polynesia, also Melanesia and Micronesia.The Avifauna of Micronesia, Volume 3
Rollin H. Baker
- one of the three divisions of islands in the Pacific, the others being Melanesia and Micronesia: includes Samoa, Society, Marquesas, Mangareva, Tuamotu, Cook, and Tubuai Islands, and Tonga
Word Origin and History for polynesia
1758, Latinization of French polynésie, coined 1756 by French writer Charles de Brosses (1709-1777) in "Histoire des navigations aux terres australes, contenant ce que l'on sait des moeurs et des productions des contrées découvertes jusqu'à ce jour" (and first in English in a review of it), coined from Greek polys "many" (see poly-) + nesos "island" (see Chersonese). Related: Polynesian.