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Polynesian

  

      adj  
1    of or relating to Polynesia, its people, or any of their languages  
      n  
2    a member of the people that inhabit Polynesia, generally of Caucasoid features with light skin and wavy hair  
3    a branch of the Malayo-Polynesian family of languages, including Maori and Hawaiian and a number of other closely related languages of the S and central Pacific  


Malayo-Polynesian  
      n  
1      (Also called)    Austronesian   a family of languages extending from Madagascar to the central Pacific, including Malagasy, Malay, Indonesian, Tagalog, and Polynesian  
   See also       Austro-Asiatic  
      adj  
2    of or relating to this family of languages  
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