Definition of Austronesian
: of, relating to, or constituting a family of languages spoken in the area extending from Madagascar eastward through the Malay Peninsula and Archipelago to Hawaii and Easter Island and including practically all the native languages of the Pacific islands with the exception of the Australian and Papuan languages
Origin and Etymology of austronesian
Austronesia, islands of the southern Pacific
First Known Use: 1900See Words from the same year
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