HyperDic: melanesia

English > 1 sense of the word Melanesia:
NOUNlocationMelanesiathe islands in the southwestern part of Oceania
English > Melanesia: 1 sense > noun 1, location
MeaningThe islands in the southwestern part of Oceania.
Category ofcargo cult(Melanesia) the followers of one of several millenarian cults that believe salvation will come in the form of wealth ('cargo') brought by westerners
Instance ofarchipelagoA group of many islands in a large body of water
Part ofAustronesiaislands of central and South Pacific (Indonesia and Melanesia and Micronesia and Polynesia)
Oceania, OceanicaA large group of islands in the south Pacific including Melanesia and Micronesia and Polynesia (and sometimes Australasia and the Malay Archipelago)
PartsBismarck ArchipelagoA group of islands in the southwestern Pacific to the northeast of New Guinea
Fiji Islands, FijisA group of more than 800 islands (100 inhabited) in the southwestern Pacific
New CaledoniaAn island to the to the east of Australia and to the north of New Zealand
Solomons, Solomon IslandsThe northernmost islands are part of Papua New Guinea
Vanuatu, Republic of Vanuatu, New HebridesA volcanic island republic in Melanesia
AdjectivesMelanesianof or relating to Melanesia or its people or culture

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