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Mel·a·ne·sian

 (mĕl′ə-nē′zhən)
adj.
Of or relating to Melanesia or its peoples, languages, or cultures.
n.
1. A member of any of the indigenous peoples of Melanesia.
2. A subfamily of the Austronesian languages that includes the languages of Melanesia.

Melanesian

(ˌmɛləˈniːzɪən)
adj
(Languages) of or relating to Melanesia, its people, or their languages
n
1. (Peoples) a native or inhabitant of Melanesia: generally Negroid with frizzy hair and small stature
2. (Languages) a group or branch of languages spoken in Melanesia, belonging to the Malayo-Polynesian family
3. (Languages) See also Neo-Melanesian
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Adj.1.Melanesian - of or relating to Melanesia or its people or culture
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References in classic literature ?
One of his tambos (tambo being beche-de-mer and Melanesian for "taboo") was that water unavoidable must never touch his skin.
In this the ancient was in nowise unlike the rest of his dark- skinned Melanesian race.
Tambo is Melanesian for taboo, and is first cousin to that Polynesian word.
It was really a pretty face, viewed by any standard, and for a Melanesian it was a remarkably good-looking face.
It is an atoll, while the Solomons are high islands; and its people and language are Polynesian, while the inhabitants of the Solomons are Melanesian.
That there has been a slight Melanesian drift in the period of the northwest monsoon, is also evident.
Melanesian Workers and the Queensland Criminal Justice System in the 1890s," Criminal Justice History 13 (1992): 141-60; Moore, "The Counterculture of Survival: Melanesians in the Mackay District of Queensland, 1865-1906," in Brij V.
But what is the best way to approach the study of such influence without adopting analytical constructs that potentially transform Melanesians into inappropriate, pale versions of westerners?
The workers, who are mostly indigenous Melanesians, are demanding that their current minimum wage of $1.
Additionally, researchers discovered evidence that a distinct group of extinct archaic humans who lived in Southern Siberia, called 'Denisovans,' contributed genetic material to the genomes of present-day Melanesians.
Data from the finger and a molar tooth found in the cave also show that, like Neandertals, the mysterious group interbred with modern humans, in this case leaving behind a genetic legacy in modern-day Melanesians of Papua New Guinea and Bougainville Island.
Melanesians frequently report a communal model of ownership.