Definitions

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

Etymologies

From Ancient Greek μέλας (melas, "dark") + νῆσος (nēsos, "island"), referring to the skin color of the inhabitants. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • He had been twenty-eight years in Melanesia, ranging from German New Guinea to the

    "Yah! Yah! Yah!"

  • 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."

    YAH! YAH! YAH!

  • All he knew of the world was steamers, far-outlying south-sea isles, and his own island of King William in Melanesia.

    Chapter 16

  • _ The social organization in the vast mass of islands called Melanesia [828] has not been fully investigated, but the existence of some general features has been established.

    Introduction to the History of Religions Handbooks on the History of Religions, Volume IV

  • Money and Modernity: State and Local Currencies in Melanesia.

    Connecting Histories in Afghanistan: Market Relations and State Formation on a Colonial Frontier

  • 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.

    'The Lost Girls' of New York learn to embrace the journey

  • 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.

    We Are the Apes Who Took to the Sea

  • 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.

    Australia Urged to Rethink Fiji Ties

  • 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.

    Interview With Historian and Writer Clarice Stasz

  • 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.

    THE DEVILS OF FUATINO

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