from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- A division of Oceania in the southwest Pacific Ocean comprising the islands northeast of Australia and south of the equator. It includes the Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, New Caledonia, the Bismarck Archipelago, various other island groups, and sometimes New Guinea.
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- proper n. Part of Oceania, made up of New Guinea, the Bismarck Archipelago, the Solomon Islands, New Caledonia, Vanuatu and Fiji.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the islands in the southwestern part of Oceania
From Ancient Greek μέλας (melas, "dark") + νῆσος (nēsos, "island"), referring to the skin color of the inhabitants. (Wiktionary)