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The islands of the Pacific Ocean, including Indonesia, Melanesia, Micronesia, and Polynesia.


(ˌɒstrəʊˈniːʒə; -ʃə)
(Placename) the islands of the central and S Pacific, including Indonesia, Melanesia, Micronesia, and Polynesia


(ˌɔ stroʊˈni ʒə, -ʃə)

the islands of the central and S Pacific.
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Noun1.Austronesia - islands of central and South Pacific (Indonesia and Melanesia and Micronesia and Polynesia)
Melanesia - the islands in the southwestern part of Oceania
Micronesia - the islands in the northwestern part of Oceania
Polynesia - the islands in the eastern part of Oceania
Dutch East Indies, Indonesia, Republic of Indonesia - a republic in southeastern Asia on an archipelago including more than 13,000 islands; achieved independence from the Netherlands in 1945; the principal oil producer in the Far East and Pacific regions
Pacific, Pacific Ocean - the largest ocean in the world
Austronesian - a native or inhabitant of Austronesia
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No doubt, there are plenty of societies in Austronesia with special terms for mental faculties, such as Cebuano Visayan alimpatakan, glossed by Wolff (1972) as "n 1 the mind as the seat of thinking processes.
This, according to Claude Allibert, [24] is a clear indication of the belief, derived from Austronesia, that the ancestors live on in animal, notably crocodile, form.
Ehabla: Antara Ada dan Tiada"dalam Bahasa dan Sastra Austronesia.
A world of words; revisiting the work of Renward Brandstetter (1860-1942) on Lucerne and Austronesia.
She has also committed to write a research paper on how the ATAYAL cultural exchange programs with Austronesian groups may lead to an opportunity for a new type of indigenous tourism targeting Austronesia and how it may benefit the economy of Taiwan.
Following conventions in the linguistic anthropology of Austronesia, I thus use Formosa (and the adjectival form Formosan) to refer to the geographical island and its Austronesian inhabitants in the longue duree.
Judging from the way the body was buried, it could be a person from what we now call the Austronesia language family," said Chen, a research fellow at Taiwan s Academia Sinica institute.