from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Of or relating to Micronesia or its peoples, languages, or cultures.
  • noun A member of any of the peoples inhabiting Micronesia.
  • noun A subfamily of the Austronesian language family that includes the languages of Micronesia.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Of or pertaining to Micronesia, a collection of islands and groups of islands, chiefly of coral formation, in the Pacific ocean, the principal of which are the Marshall, Gilbert, Caroline, and Ladrone groups.
  • noun A native or an inhabitant of Micronesia.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Of or pertaining to Micronesia, a collective designation of the islands in the western part of the Pacific Ocean, embracing the Marshall and Gilbert groups, the Ladrones, the Carolines, etc.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A person from Micronesia or of Micronesian descent.
  • adjective Of, from, or pertaining to Micronesia or the Micronesian people.


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  • I recently ran across mention of a "mystery fish" from the Micronesian island of Yap, in Kenneth Brower's 1983 book, A Song for Satawal.

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  • He retired in 1976 as chairman of the Micronesian Claims Commission.

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  • The well-connected Micronesian island group of Yap had 43 tools, with a mean of five techno-units per tool, while the remote Santa Cruz group in the Solomon Islands, despite having almost as large a population, had just 24 tools and four techno-units.

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  • "It is out of place on a Micronesian island," said Mr. Fitial, the governor.

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  • Care packages with medicine, food, toys and school supplies have been raining down on dozens of tiny Micronesian islands in the past week as part of Operation Christmas Drop, the oldest ongoing U.S. Department of Defense mission in the world, now in its 60th year.

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  • I recently ran across mention of a "mystery fish" from the Micronesian island of Yap, in Kenneth Brower's 1983 book, A Song for Satawal.

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  • Stick Fish in Polynesia Between visits to a lake filled with stinger-free jellyfish and an ancient "bank" stocked with stone currency, guests on Off the Beaten Path's trips to the Micronesian islands of Yap and Pulau can hunt fish with stone-tipped spikes just as the islanders did and do.

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  • In 1976, Mr. Piailug made international headlines when -- using nothing but nature's clues and the lessons he'd learned from his grandfather, a master navigator schooled in traditional Micronesian wayfaring -- he steered a traditional sailing canoe more than 3,000 miles from Hawaii to Tahiti.

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  • The two most critical examples he cited were Micronesian (Pacific) and Southwest African states that he said, "are really at the mercy of some of these foreign fleets."

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  • Mr. Piailug learned navigation at the feet of his grandfather on Satawal, an island of less than a square mile in the Micronesian state of Yap.

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