Definition of Melanesia in English:

Melanesia

proper noun

  • A region in the western Pacific Ocean, south of Micronesia and west of Polynesia. Its area includes the Bismarck Archipelago, the Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, New Caledonia, and Fiji.

Origin

From Greek melas ‘black’ + nēsos ‘island’.

Pronunciation

Melanesia

/ˌmɛləˈniʒə//ˌmeləˈnēZHə/