• WordNet 3.6
    • adj Melanesian of or relating to Melanesia or its people or culture
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • prop. a Melanesian Of or pertaining to Melanesia.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • Melanesian Of or belonging to Melanesia or a race inhabiting it.
    • n Melanesian A native of Melanesia, a collection of islands in the western part of the Pacific, including New Caledonia, the Fiji Islands, Solomon Islands, New Hebrides, New Britain, etc. (some geographers include Papua and extend the term to comprise some of the lesser islands of the Malay archipelago); a member of one of the black or dark-brown races inhabiting the Melanesian islands. In race and language the Melanesians appear to have affinities with both the Papuans and the Polynesians.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Gr. me`las me`lanos, black + island. Melanesia, was so called from the dark complexion of the natives


In literature:

Melanesians, unlike cattle, are as prone to stampede to attack as to retreat.
"Jerry of the Islands" by Jack London
These boys are Melanesians.
"Adventure" by Jack London
Tambo is Melanesian for taboo, and is first cousin to that Polynesian word.
"South Sea Tales" by Jack London
In this the ancient was in nowise unlike the rest of his dark-skinned Melanesian race.
"Michael, Brother of Jerry" by Jack London
The Melanesians have reduced this kind of magic to a system.
"Myth, Ritual, and Religion, Vol. 1" by Andrew Lang
This was perhaps a modification of the Melanesian custom of secluding girls at puberty.
"Balder The Beautiful, Vol. I." by Sir James George Frazer
In Polynesians, Chinese, Melanesians and negroes five tubercles are found on this tooth in 90 per cent.
"More Science From an Easy Chair" by Sir E. Ray (Edwin Ray) Lankester
The languages belong to the Melanesian and Polynesian classes.
"Two Years with the Natives in the Western Pacific" by Felix Speiser
CODRINGTON, R. H. The Melanesians, Index, s.v.
"Introduction to the History of Religions" by Crawford Howell Toy
The Melanesians of the South Pacific consider it a very fine delicacy.
"A World by the Tale" by Gordon Randall Garrett