Polynesia
geographical name the islands of the central & S Pacific including Hawaii, the Line, Phoenix, Tonga, Cook, & Samoa islands, Tuvalu, Easter Island, French Polynesia, & often New Zealand

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  • Polynesia — (from Greek: πολύς many , νῆσος island ) is a subregion of Oceania, comprising a large grouping of over 1,000 islands scattered over the central and southern Pacific Ocean. DefinitionPolynesia is generally defined as the islands within the… …   Wikipedia

  • Polynesia — 1766, Latinization of Fr. polynésie, coined 1756 by de Brosses from Gk. polys many (see POLY (Cf. poly )) + nesos island (see CHERSONESE (Cf. Chersonese)). Related: Polynesian …   Etymology dictionary

  • Polynesia — [päl΄i nē′zhə, päl΄ə nē′shə] [ModL < Gr poly , POLY + nēsos, island + IA] a major division of the Pacific islands east of the 180th meridian, including Hawaii, Samoa, Tonga, the Society Islands, the Marquesas Islands, etc.: cf. MELANESIA …   English World dictionary

  • Polynesia — /pol euh nee zheuh, sheuh/, n. one of the three principal divisions of Oceania, comprising those island groups in the Pacific lying E of Melanesia and Micronesia and extending from the Hawaiian Islands S to New Zealand. * * * Island group,… …   Universalium

  • POLYNESIA —    is the collective name of all the islands of the Pacific of coral or volcanic origin. These South Sea islands are scattered, isolated, or more usually in groups over a stretch of ocean 7000 m. from N. to S. and 6000 from E. to W.; with the… …   The Nuttall Encyclopaedia

  • Polynesia — Pol|y|ne|si|a the islands in the central and southern Pacific Ocean, including the Hawaiian islands, Tonga, Samoa, and the islands of French Polynesia …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • Polynesia — /pɒləˈniʒə/ (say poluh neezhuh) noun one of the three principal divisions of Oceania, comprising those island groups in the Pacific lying east of Melanesia and Micronesia, and extending from the Hawaiian Islands south to New Zealand. It includes… …   Australian English dictionary

  • Polynesia — noun the islands in the eastern part of Oceania • Members of this Region: ↑taboo, ↑tabu, ↑kava, ↑kavakava, ↑Austronesia • Instance Hypernyms: ↑archipelago • Part Holonyms: ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • Polynesia — noun Part of Oceania including Easter Island, Hawaii, New Zealand, and most of the islands between them. See Also: Polynesian …   Wiktionary

  • Polynesia —    A subdivision of Oceania or the Pacific Islands (along with Micronesia and Melanesia), including islands in a vast triangular area of the Pacific Ocean between Hawaii, New Zealand, and Rapa Nui (Easter Island), that does not always refer to… …   Historical dictionary of shamanism

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