Definition of Polynesian

1. Noun. A native or inhabitant of Polynesia.

Group relationships: Polynesia
Generic synonyms: Austronesian
Specialized synonyms: Fijian, Samoan, Tahitian, Tongan

2. Adjective. Of or relating to Polynesia or its people or culture.
Partainyms: Polynesia

3. Noun. The branch of the Austronesian languages spoken from Madagascar to the central Pacific.

Definition of Polynesian

1. a. Of or pertaining to Polynesia (the islands of the eastern and central Pacific), or to the Polynesians.

Definition of Polynesian

1. Adjective. Of, from, or pertaining to Polynesia. ¹

2. Noun. A person from Polynesia. ¹

3. Noun. A language group spoken by these people. ¹

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Polynesian

Polygonatum biflorum
Polygonatum commutatum
Polygonia comma
Polygonum aubertii
Polygonum fagopyrum
Polygonum orientale
Polymonium caeruleum van-bruntiae
Polynesian arrowroot
Polynesian tattler
Polyodon spathula
Polypodium aureum

Literary usage of Polynesian

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1. Proceedings of the American Philosophical Society Held at Philadelphia for by American Philosophical Society (1920)
"The problem of the origin and racial affiliations of the polynesian peoples has ... The recognition of the linguistic relationship of the various polynesian ..."

2. The Encyclopedia Americana: A Library of Universal Knowledge (1919)
"Our real knowledge of the polynesian people dates from their discovery by the great navigators in the islands of the Pacific which they now occupy. ..."

3. The Geographical Distribution of Animals: With a Study of the Relations of by Alfred Russel Wallace (1876)
"The typical polynesian fauna is most developed in the third division; and it will be well to describe this first, and then show how the other islands ..."

4. Report of the Annual Meeting (1879)
"Notes on the polynesian Race. ... writers that the polynesian Islanders are a scantily bearded race, and that they ... as a name for the polynesian race, ..."

5. The American Antiquarian and Oriental Journal by Stephen Denison Peet (1903)
"NOTES ON THE INDIAN ORIGIN polynesian ISLANDERS. BY C. STANILAND WAKE. OF THE It is remarked by Sir Walter Elliott, on page 157 of ..."

6. Researches Into the Physical History of Mankind by James Cowles Prichard (1847)
"I NOW proceed to describe more particularly the several branches of the Malayo-polynesian race, and in the present chapter I purpose to survey those nations ..."

7. The History of Religions by Edward Washburn Hopkins (1918)
"The polynesian spirits are somewhat confused with ghosts, ... In general, polynesian spirits, though fickle, are by predilection malign. ..."

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