from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A native or inhabitant of the Marquesas Islands.
  • noun A person of Marquesan ancestry.
  • noun The Austronesian language of the Marquesans.
  • adjective Of or relating to the Marquesas Islands or their people, language, or culture.

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  • adjective Of or pertaining to the Marquesas Islands.
  • noun An inhabitant of the Marquesas Islands.
  • proper noun A collection of East-Central Polynesian dialects, of the Marquesic group, spoken in the Marquesas Islands.


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  • So to the Marquesan are the goblins that cause him to refuse to go into silent places alone at night, and often make him cower in fear on his own mats, a _pareu_ over his head, in terror of the unknown.

    White Shadows in the South Seas

  • There will be baked beans Mexican, if I can hammer it into Toyama's head; also, baked papaia with Marquesan honey, and, lastly, a wonderful pie the secret of which Toyama refuses to divulge.

    Bunches of Knuckles

  • Marquesan prehistory and the origins of East Polynesian culture.

    Marquesas tropical moist forests

  • Human habitation has influenced Marquesan ecosystems for millennia.

    Marquesas tropical moist forests

  • Hunting is a major factor in the endangerment of the Nuku Hiva or Marquesan imperial-pigeon, a species with less than 300 individuals left.

    Marquesas tropical moist forests

  • Evolution of waif floras: a comparison of the Hawaiian and Marquesan archipelagos.

    Marquesas tropical moist forests

  • By this time you should have another Marquesan letter, the worst of the lot, I think; and seven Paumotu letters, which are not far out of the vein, as I wish it; I am in hopes the Hawaiian stuff is better yet: time will show, and time will make perfect.

    Vailima Letters

  • Taken the last Marquesan islander for your hero and put him down in

    The White Monkey

  • The Marquesan word for 4 is _pona_, knot, from the practice of tying breadfruit in knots of 4.

    The Number Concept Its Origin and Development

  • On the Marquesan island of Hivarhoo, they had found an English sailor who had attained to the highest dignity in the country.

    Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 61, No. 380, June, 1847


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