Melanesian

Melanesian
Melanesian Mel`a*ne"sian, prop. a. [Gr. me`las, me`lanos, black + ? island. Melanesia was so called from the dark complexion of the natives.] Of or pertaining to Melanesia. [1913 Webster]

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