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[pap-yoo-uh, pah-poo-ah]
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  1. Papua New Guinea.
  2. Gulf of, an inlet of the Coral Sea on the SE coast of New Guinea.
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  1. Territory of Papua a former territory of Australia, consisting of SE New Guinea and adjacent islands: now part of Papua New GuineaFormer name: (1888–1906) British New Guinea
  2. the W part of the island of New Guinea: formerly under Dutch rule, becoming a province of Indonesia in 1963. Capital: Jayapura. Pop: 2 220 934 (2000). Area: 416 990 sq km (161 000 sq miles)Former names (until 1962): Dutch New Guinea, Netherlands New Guinea Former Indonesian names: Irian Barat (1962-1973), Irian Jaya (1973-2001) Former English name: West Irian (translation of Irian Barat)
  3. Gulf of Papua an inlet of the Coral Sea in the SE coast of New Guinea
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Word Origin and History for papua


race that inhabits New Guinea, 1610s, from Malay papuah "frizzled." Related: Papuan.

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