Definitions for oceaniaˌoʊ ʃiˈæn i ə, -ˈɑ ni ə; -ˈæn ɪ kə

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

O•ce•an•i•aˌoʊ ʃiˈæn i ə, -ˈɑ ni ə; -ˈæn ɪ kə(n.)

also O•ce•an•i•ca

  1. the islands of the central and S Pacific, including Micronesia, Melanesia, Polynesia, and usu. Australasia.

    Category: Geography (places)

O`ce•an′i•an(adj.; n.)

Princeton's WordNet

  1. Oceania, Oceanica(noun)

    a large group of islands in the south Pacific including Melanesia and Micronesia and Polynesia (and sometimes Australasia and the Malay Archipelago)

Wiktionary

  1. Oceania(ProperNoun)

    A geographical region composed of many islands (Melanesia, Micronesia, and Polynesia) plus Australasia. It is located between Asia, Antarctica and the Americas.

  2. Origin: From Océanie, coined circa 1812 by geographer Conrad Malte-Brun, from the Ὠκεανός

Freebase

  1. Oceania

    Oceania, also known as Oceanica, is a region centered on the islands of the tropical Pacific Ocean. Opinions of what constitutes Oceania range from its three subregions of Melanesia, Micronesia, and Polynesia to, more broadly, the entire insular region between Asia and the Americas, including Australasia and the Malay Archipelago. The term is sometimes used more specifically to denote a continent comprising Australia and proximate islands, or biogeographically as a synonym for either the Australasian ecozone or the Pacific ecozone.

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Oceania

    an imaginary commonwealth described by James Harrington (1611-1697) in which the project of a doctrinaire republic is worked out; also a book of Froude's on the English colonies.

  2. Oceania

    the name given to the clusters of islands, consisting of Australasia in the S., Malaysia in the E. Indian Archipelago, and Polynesia in the N. and E. of the Pacific.

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Oceania

    The islands of the central and South Pacific, including Micronesia, Melanesia, Polynesia, and traditionally Australasia. (Random House Dictionary, 2d ed)

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