[ˌɒstrə(ʊ)'ni:zɪən, -ʒ(ə)n, ˌɔ:-]
adjective relating to or denoting a family of languages spoken in an area extending from Madagascar in the west to the Pacific islands in the east.
noun the Austronesian family of languages.
from Ger. austronesisch, based on L. australis (see austral) + Gk nēsos 'island'.

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