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A division of Oceania in the western Pacific Ocean comprising the islands east of the Philippines and north of the equator. It includes the Caroline, Marshall, Mariana, and Gilbert Islands.
1. (Placename) one of the three divisions of islands in the Pacific (the others being Melanesia and Polynesia); the NW division of Oceania: includes the Mariana, Caroline, Marshall, and Kiribati island groups, and Nauru Island
2. (Placename) Federated States of Micronesia an island group in the W Pacific, formerly within the United States Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands: comprises the islands of Truk, Yap, Ponape, and Kosrae: formed in 1979 when the islands became self-governing: status of free association with the US from 1982. Languages: English and Micronesian languages. Religion: Christian majority. Currency: US dollar. Capital: Palikir. Pop: 106 104 (2013 est)
[C19: from micro- + Greek nēsos island; so called from the small size of many of the islands; on the model of Polynesia]
Mi•cro•ne•sia(ˌmaɪ krəˈni ʒə, -ʃə)
1. one of the three principal divisions of Oceania, comprising the small Pacific islands N of the equator and E of the Philippines, whose main groups are the Mariana Islands, the Caroline Islands, and the Marshall Islands.
2. Federated States of, a group of islands in the W Pacific, in the Caroline Islands, comprising the islands of Pohnpei, Truk, Yap, and Kosrae: formerly a part of the Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands; now a self-governing area associated with the U.S. 131,500; 271 sq. mi. (701 sq. km).
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|Noun||1.||Micronesia - a country scattered over Micronesia with a constitutional government in free association with the United States; achieved independence in 1986|
Micronesia - the islands in the northwestern part of Oceania
Kolonia - capital of Micronesia
Ladrone Islands, Mariana Islands, Marianas - a chain of coral and volcanic islands in Micronesia (including Guam and the Northern Marianas) halfway between New Guinea and Japan; discovered by Magellan in 1521
Caroline Islands - a long archipelago of more than 500 islands in Micronesia to the east of the Philippines
Marshall Islands - a group of coral islands in eastern Micronesia
Kiribati, Republic of Kiribati - an island republic in the west central Pacific just to the south of the equator
Gilbert and Ellice Islands - a former British possession in Micronesia
|2.||Micronesia - the islands in the northwestern part of Oceania|
Oceania, Oceanica - a large group of islands in the south Pacific including Melanesia and Micronesia and Polynesia (and sometimes Australasia and the Malay Archipelago)
Austronesia - islands of central and South Pacific (Indonesia and Melanesia and Micronesia and Polynesia)