Oceania

geographical name
Oce·​a·​nia | \ ˌō-shē-ˈa-nē-ə How to pronounce Oceania (audio) , -ˈā- \

Definition of Oceania

the lands of the central and southern Pacific Ocean including Micronesia, Melanesia, and Polynesia (including New Zealand)

Note: Some people also consider Australia and the Malay Archipelago to be part of Oceania.

Other Words from Oceania

Oceanian \ ˌō-​shē-​ˈa-​nē-​ən How to pronounce Oceania (audio) , -​ˈā-​ \ adjective or noun

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“Oceania.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Oceania. Accessed 23 Sep. 2021.

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