neso-, nes-, -nesia

(Greek: island)

Austronesia (proper noun)
The islands located in the central and South Pacific: Austronesia refers to the region consisting of Indonesia, Melanesia, Micronesia, Polynesia, and neighboring islands in the Pacific Ocean:
Austronesian (s) (noun) (no pl)
The major family of languages of the islands of Southeast Asia and the Pacific (including Taiwan, Philippines, Malaysia, Indonesia, parts of southern Vietnam, Madagascar, Melanesia (excluding much of New Guinea), Micronesia, and Polynesia.

The family is divided into (1) Western Austronesian, or Indonesian, containing about 200 languages, and (2) Eastern Austronesian, or Oceanic, with about 300 languages.

Proto-Austronesian probably started in southern China or Taiwan before 3000 BC. Austronesian speakers were the first humans to settle the Pacific islands beyond western Melanesia.

Austronesian was the most widely spread ethno-linguistic group on Earth, with the distance from Madagascar to Easter Island being 210 degrees of longitude.

Peloponnesus, Peloponnese, Peloponesos
A large peninsula and region in southern Greece, forming the part of the country south of the Gulf of Corinth.

No evidence could be found linking the pelo in Peloponnesus with the pelo meaning "mud" as shown in this unit.

The peninsula has been inhabited since prehistoric times. Its modern name derives from ancient Greek mythology, specifically the legend of the hero Pelops who was said to have conquered the entire region. The name Peloponnesos means "Island of Pelops".

In Greek mythology, Pelops (Greek Πέλοψ, from pelios, "dark; and ops, "face, eye") was venerated at Olympia, where his cult developed into the founding myth of the Olympic Games, the most important expression of unity, not only for the Peloponnesus, "land of Pelops", but for all Hellenes.

Pelops was the son of Tantalus who was restored to life by Demeter "after his father had killed him and served his flesh to the gods".

One of three major divisions of the Pacific Islands, encompassing a number of island groups in the central and southern Pacific Ocean, including Hawaii, Samoa, and the Cook Islands.
1. Someone who comes from an island of the central or southern Pacific.
2. A group of Austronesian languages, including Fijian, Hawaiian, and Maori, spoken on islands of the central and southern Pacific.