American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth 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.
- n. Part of Oceania, made up of New Guinea, the Bismarck Archipelago, the Solomon Islands, New Caledonia, Vanuatu and Fiji.
- 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)
“He had been twenty-eight years in Melanesia, ranging from German New Guinea to the”
“He had been twenty-eight years in Melanesia, ranging from German New Guinea to the German Solomons, and so thoroughly had he become identified with that portion of the world, that he habitually spoke in that bastard lingo called "bech-de-mer.”
“All he knew of the world was steamers, far-outlying south-sea isles, and his own island of King William in Melanesia.”
“_ The social organization in the vast mass of islands called Melanesia  has not been fully investigated, but the existence of some general features has been established.”
“Money and Modernity: State and Local Currencies in Melanesia.”
“Pressner: Reading Maiden Voyage, a memoir by a young woman, Tania Aebi, who circumnavigates the globe by herself in a 17-foot skiff, left me with an indelible desire to explore the South Pacific's far-flung islands French Polynesia, Micronesia and Melanesia on a sailboat of my own.”
“Genes show that people reached the Andaman islands, Melanesia and Australia, all of which required sea crossings, within a few thousand years—whereas it took them tens of thousands of years even to begin to oust our Neanderthal rivals from Europe and inland Asia.”
“Melanesia Program Director Jenny Hayward Jones says Australia needs to abandon its uncompromising stance towards its errant neighbor“I think Australia needs to reach out to some of the countries that Fiji is indeed reaching out to who have something to offer Fiji in this transition to democracy,” said Jones.”
“Using the stories about Melanesia for a study of Social Darwinism and Imperialism, both key movements in his time that leave a strong influence today.”
“Inhabited by a stock kindred to the Hawaiian, the Samoan, the Tahitian, and the Maori, Fuatino becomes the apex of the wedge driven by Polynesia far to the west and in between Melanesia and Micronesia.”
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