Pronunciation: (ō"shē-an'ē-u, -ä'nē-u), [key]
the islands of the central and S Pacific, including Micronesia, Melanesia, Polynesia, and traditionally Australasia. 23,400,000; ab. 3,450,000 sq. mi. (8,935,500 sq. km). Also,O•ce•an•i•caPronunciation: (ō"shē-an'i-ku). [key]
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