Melanesian

noun
Mel·​a·​ne·​sian | \ ˌme-lə-ˈnē-zhən How to pronounce Melanesian (audio) , -shən \

Definition of Melanesian

1 : a member of the dominant native group of Melanesia
2 : a language group consisting of the Austronesian languages of Melanesia

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Melanesian adjective

First Known Use of Melanesian

1845, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Melanesian.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Melanesian. Accessed 14 May. 2021.

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