from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • The islands of the southern Pacific Ocean, including Australia, New Zealand, and New Guinea.
  • Broadly, all of Oceania.

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  • proper n. Australia, New Zealand, New Guinea and neighbouring islands
  • proper n. all of Oceania

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In geography, a general name for Australia, Papua, Tasmania, and the neighboring islands.
  • n. In zoögeog., a division comprising the islands and insular groups south of Asia: synonymous with Austrogæa.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. Australia, New Zealand, and neighboring islands in the South Pacific


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The name was coined by Charles de Brosses in Histoire des navigations aux terres australes 1756. He derived it from the Latin for “south of Asia



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