Definition of Melanesia in English:

Melanesia

proper noun

  • A region of the western Pacific to the south of Micronesia and west of Polynesia. It contains the Bismarck Archipelago, the Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, New Caledonia, Fiji, and the intervening islands.

Origin

From Greek melas black + nēsos island.

Pronunciation:

Melanesia

/ˌmɛləˈniːʒə//ˌmɛləˈniːzɪə/