Definition of Melanesia in English:


Syllabification: Mel·a·ne·sia
Pronunciation: /ˌmeləˈnēZHə
A region in the western Pacific Ocean, south of Micronesia and west of Polynesia. Its area includes the Bismarck Archipelago, the Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, New Caledonia, and Fiji.


from Greek melas 'black' + nēsos 'island'.

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