Polynesian: Meaning and Definition of
Pronunciation: (pol"u-nē'zhun, -shun), [key]
- of or pertaining to Polynesia, its inhabitants, or their languages.
- a member of any of a number of brown-skinned peoples, variously classified as to race, of distinctive customs, speaking closely related Austronesian languages, who inhabit Polynesia.
- the easternmost group of Austronesian languages, including Maori, Tahitian, Samoan, Hawaiian, and the language of Easter Island.
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