Definition of Polynesia
1. Noun. The islands in the eastern part of Oceania.
Group relationships: Oceania, Oceanica, Austronesia
Terms within: French Oceania, French Polynesia, Samoa, Samoan Islands, Friendly Islands, Kingdom Of Tonga, Tonga, Hawaiian Islands, Sandwich Islands
Generic synonyms: Archipelago
Member holonyms: Polynesian
Definition of Polynesia
1. Proper noun. Part of Oceania including Easter Island, Hawaii, New Zealand, and most of the islands between them. ¹
¹ Source: wiktionary.com
Medical Definition of Polynesia
1. The collective name for the islands of the central pacific ocean, including the austral islands, cook islands, easter island, hawaii, new zealand, phoenix islands, pitcairn island, samoa, tonga, tuamotu archipelago, wake island, and wallis and futuna islands. Polynesians are of the caucasoid race, but many are of mixed origin. Polynesia is from the greek poly, many + nesos, island, with reference to the many islands in the group. (12 Dec 1998)
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Lexicographical Neighbors of Polynesia
Literary usage of Polynesia
Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:
1. The Philippine Journal of Science by Institute of Science and Technology (Philippines) (1907)
"Pantropic'í Malaya, polynesia Burma, polynesia Malaya Local- Malaya Borneo, Samoa Malaya, polynesia Malaya, polynesia India to polynesia Pantropic New ..."
2. Omoo: A Narrative of Adventures in the South Seas by Herman Melville (1892)
"Jn the first place, she was the most beautiful white woman I ever saw in polynesia. But this is saying nothing. She had such eyes, such moss-roses in her ..."
3. An Account of the Polynesian Race: Its Origins and Migrations, and the by Abraham Fornander, John F. G. Stokes (1885)
"The nouns in polynesia are not distinguishable in appearance from the verbs. Numbers are marked by prefixes or duplications. Genders, as an inflection, ..."
4. Modern Geography: A Description of the Empires, Kingdoms, States, and by John Pinkerton, Samuel Vince, Benjamin Smith Barton (1804)
"It is probable that future navigations may greatly improve and enlarge the geography of polynesia, by the discovery of new groups, and the more accurate ..."
5. Omoo: A Narrative of Adventures in the South Seas by Herman Melville (1847)
"Very nearly white when hewn from the reefs, the coral darkens with age; so that several churches in polynesia BOW look almost as sooty and venerable as ..."
6. A New System of Geography by Jedidiah Morse, Sidney Edwards Morse (1822)
"polynesia is derived from two- Greek words signifying many islands. It embraces the numerous islands in the Pacific ocean, lying east of the Philippine ..."