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A subgroup of the Austronesian language family.
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(Languages) Also called: Austronesian a family of languages extending from Madagascar to the central Pacific, including Malagasy, Malay, Indonesian, Tagalog, and Polynesian. See also Austro-Asiatic
(Languages) of or relating to this family of languages
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|Noun||1.||Malayo-Polynesian - the branch of the Austronesian languages spoken from Madagascar to the central Pacific|
Austronesian language, Austronesian - the family of languages spoken in Australia and Formosa and Malaysia and Polynesia
Tongan - the Polynesian language spoken by the Tongan people
Western Malayo-Polynesian - a western subfamily of Malayo-Polynesian languages
|Adj.||1.||Malayo-Polynesian - of or relating to the Malayo-Polynesian branch of the Austronesian languages|
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