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  • proper n. A language spoken in the Pacific, in the Republic of Palau. It is a member of the Austronesian family of languages, and is considered to be one of two languages in Micronesia belonging to the Western Austronesian group, all others considered to be members of the Oceanic subgroup.
  • n. Someone from Palau.
  • adj. From Palau


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  • Ethnic groups: Palauan (Micronesian with Malayan and Melanesian admixtures) 69.9%, Filipino 15.3%, Chinese 4.9%, other Asian 2.4%, white 1.9%, Carolinian 1.4%, other Micronesian 1.1%, other or unspecified 3.2% (2000 census)


  • Birdlife International also recognizes the Palauan islands as an Endemic Bird Area, with 10 endemic bird species.

    Palau tropical moist forests

  • The Supreme Court is seeking individuals with a sense of adventure, an acute legal mind, and a commitment to the thoughtful development of Palauan law.

    The Volokh Conspiracy » 2007 » September

  • The first recorded contact between Europeans and Palauan natives was in 1564, when Spanish explorers reached the islands and claimed them for Spain.

    Brotherhood of Heroes

  • I was not disappointed; soon a Palauan colleague cried, "Balang ra Beluulechab!"

    Banking on Stone Money

  • Justin Hirosi, the person charged with the killing, is a Palauan whose surname comes from the Japanese given name of one of his paternal ancestors a pattern common in Micronesia.

    Context for the Missionary Killings in Palau « Far Outliers

  • He said he'd overexerted himself, that all he needed was to get back to their base for a snack, but as he swung through the trees on the way up the ridge, he lost his hold on a Palauan apple tree and crashed through a thicket of limbs to sprawl, amid a hail of fruit, on the sharp algae-covered limestone of the ridge.

    Asimov's Science Fiction

  • (Polyn.); Maota (Tah.); Muiang, Mwong (Ponape); Palanau, Palauan (Philipp.);

    Chapter 29

  • Languages: English and Palauan official in all states except Sonsoral

    The 2000 CIA World Factbook

  • Palauan 64. 7\% official in all islands except Sonsoral

    The 2005 CIA World Factbook


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