from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Plural form of Polynesian.
  • n. The Polynesian people.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • The race of men native in Polynesia.


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  • In the Louisiades he planted the first commercial rubber, and in Bora-Bora he ripped out the South Sea cotton and put the jolly islanders at the work of planting cacao. it was he who took the deserted island of Lallu-Ka, colonized it with Polynesians from the Ontong-Java Atoll, and planted four thousand acres to cocoanuts.

    A Son of the Sun

  • Coarsest of all the Polynesians were the Tahitians; yet even here efforts have been made [186] to convey the impression that they owed their licentious practices to the influence of white visitors.

    Primitive Love and Love-Stories

  • That makes tattooing a rite of passage: and so it was among the Polynesians before Christian missionaries discouraged them from marking their flesh.

    Tattoos: Eyecatching – but are they art?

  • Those first visitors—an expedition led by the Dutch lawyer Jakob Roggeveen—came upon an almost treeless expanse with perhaps 3,000 occupants, Polynesians who spoke their own distinct language.

    Don't Blame the Natives

  • And how far across their respective oceans did the Polynesians and Vikings really get?

    2010 April 03 « The BookBanter Blog

  • While she was out in the ocean surfing, he was paddling an outrigger canoe, a modern-day version of a small boat that Polynesians developed for sea travel thousands of years ago.

    Party of Six: Team Paddling in the Pacific

  • American travel literature since its early days has revealed an anxiety about perceptions of the United States in the eyes of others—whether the Europeans in Mark Twain's "The Innocents Abroad" or the Polynesians in Herman Melville's "Typee."

    Overseas and On Edge

  • Polynesians, not one under six feet, ran down the palace walk and ranged behind their commander.


  • It was populated by five thousand Polynesians, all strapping men and women, many of them standing six feet in height and weighing

    YAH! YAH! YAH!

  • Truly, you Polynesians have travelled far in time and space since first you began.



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