Melanesian

Melanesian
Melanesian [mel΄ə nēzhən, mel΄ə nēshən]
adj.
of Melanesia or its peoples, languages, or cultures
n.
1. a member of any of the indigenous peoples of Melanesia
2. a branch of the Austronesian family of languages, consisting of the languages of Melanesia

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