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      n   one of the three divisions of islands in the Pacific (the others being Micronesia and Polynesia); the SW division of Oceania: includes Fiji, New Caledonia, Vanuatu, the Bismarck Archipelago, and the Louisiade, Solomon, Santa Cruz, and Loyalty Islands, which all lie northeast of Australia  
     (C19: from Greek melas black + nesos island; with reference to the dark skins of the inhabitants; on the model of Polynesia)  
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Melanesian, melanosis, mélange, melanic

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