/aw'stroh nee"zheuhn, -sheuhn/, n.
1. Also called Malayo-Polynesian. a family of languages spoken in the Malay Peninsula, Indonesia, the Philippines, Vietnam, Taiwan, Madagascar, and Oceania.
2. of or pertaining to Austronesia or the Austronesian family of languages; Malayo-Polynesian.
[1900-05; AUSTRONESI(A) + -AN]

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