Melanesia

Melanesia one of three large divisions of Pacific islands, 1840, from a continental language, from MELANO- (Cf. melano-) + nesos "island" (see CHERSONESE (Cf. Chersonese)) + -IA (Cf. -ia). Modeled after POLYNESIA (Cf. Polynesia) and meant to signify "the islands inhabited by blacks."
La Melanesia comprende la grande isola Australia, e quelle degli arcipelaghi di Salomone, di Lapèrouse, di Quiros, e dei gruppi della Nuova Caledonia, di Norfolk, e della Diemenin. A cagione dei Neri Oceanici, che, quasi esclusivamente, ne popolano le regioni, questa parte della Oceania ebbe dai moderni geografi e viaggiatori (il Graberg, il Rienzi, il d'Urville, ec.) il nome di Melanesia. ["Corso di Geografia Universale," Firenze, 1839]

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  • Melanesia — [mel΄ə nē′zhə, mel΄ə nē′shə] [ModL < Gr melas, black (see MELANO ) + nēsos, island (see NATANT) + IA; in reference to the dark skin of the inhabitants] one of the three major divisions of the Pacific islands, south of the equator and including …   English World dictionary

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  • Melanesia — Mapa de Melanesia. La Melanesia es una de las divisiones tradicionales de Oceanía creadas por el explorador francés Jules Dumont d Urville en 1832. Se extiende desde el occidente del océano Pacífico al mar de Arafura y tiene al sur a Australia,… …   Wikipedia Español

  • Melanesia — /mel euh nee zheuh, sheuh/, n. one of the three principal divisions of Oceania, comprising the island groups in the S Pacific NE of Australia. * * * Island group, South Pacific Ocean. A subdivision of Oceania, it lies northeast of Australia and… …   Universalium

  • Melanesia — geographical name the islands in the Pacific NE of Australia & S of Micronesia including Bismarck Archipelago, the Solomons, Vanuatu, New Caledonia, & the Fijis …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • Melanesia — noun Part of Oceania, made up of New Guinea, the Bismarck Archipelago, the Solomon Islands, New Caledonia, Vanuatu and Fiji …   Wiktionary

  • Melanesia — ► Región geográfica del Pacífico que contiene Nueva Guinea y diversas islas: Bismarck, Salomón, Nueva Caledonia, Pinos, Lealtad, Nuevas Hébridas, Santa Cruz, Fidji y Rotuma. * * * Grupo insular del océano Pacífico sur. El grupo, una subdivisión… …   Enciclopedia Universal

  • Melanesia —    A subdivision of Oceania or the Pacific Islands (along with Polynesia and Micronesia), spreading from New Guinea in the west to Norfolk Island in the east. It does not always refer to clear cultural or geographical distinctions. Various… …   Historical dictionary of shamanism

  • MELANESIA —    eleven archipelagoes of crystalline, coralline, and volcanic islands in the W. of Polynesia, all S. of the equator, and inhabited by the Melanesian or dark oceanic race; includes the Fiji, Solomon, Bismarck, and New Hebrides islands …   The Nuttall Encyclopaedia

  • Melanesia — Mel|a|ne|si|a a group of islands in the Pacific Ocean, northeast of Australia, including Vanuatu, the Solomon Islands, and Fiji …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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