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Polynesia

  

      n   one of the three divisions of islands in the Pacific, the others being Melanesia and Micronesia: includes Samoa, Society, Marquesas, Mangareva, Tuamotu, Cook, and Tubuai Islands, and Tonga  
     (C18: via French from poly- + Greek nesos island)  


French Polynesia  
      n   a French Overseas Territory in the S Pacific Ocean, including the Society Islands, the Tuamotu group, the Gambier group, the Tubuai Islands, and the Marquesas Islands. Capital: Papeete, on Tahiti. Pop.: 228000 (1998 est.). Area: about 4000 sq. km (1500 sq. miles),   (Former name (until 1958))    French Oceania  
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