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Melanesia MeSH Descriptor Data 2024


MeSH Heading
Melanesia
Tree Number(s)
Z01.639.760.590
Unique ID
D008542
RDF Unique Identifier
http://id.nlm.nih.gov/mesh/D008542
Annotation
a group of islands northeast of Australia; includes, in addition to indentions & X refs, Norfolk Island; Melanesians are of Negroid race unless otherwise specified
Scope Note
The collective name for the islands of the Pacific Ocean northeast of Australia, including NEW CALEDONIA; VANUATU; New Hebrides, Solomon Islands, Admiralty Islands, Bismarck Archipelago, FIJI, etc. Melanesia (from the Greek melas, black + nesos, island) is so called from the black color of the natives who are generally considered to be descended originally from the Negroid Papuans and the Polynesians or Malays. (From Webster's New Geographical Dictionary, 1988, p748 & Room, Brewer's Dictionary of Names, 1992, p344)
Entry Term(s)
British Solomon Islands
Norfolk Island
Solomon Islands
History Note
68
Date Established
1968/01/01
Date of Entry
1999/01/01
Revision Date
2012/07/03
Melanesia Preferred
Norfolk Island Narrower
Solomon Islands Narrower
British Solomon Islands Narrower
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