Arafura Sea

[ ahr-uh-foor-uh, ahr-uh- ]
/ ˈɑr əˈfʊər ə, ˌɑr ə- /
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a part of the Pacific Ocean between northern Australia and southwestern New Guinea.
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Origin of Arafura Sea

First recorded in 1830–40; possibly a self-designation of the Harrafora people who live in the Moluccas
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How to use Arafura Sea in a sentence

  • But between us there is a nameless shadow, reminiscent of that awful night in the Arafura Sea, when death came very near to us.

    The Crack of Doom|Robert Cromie
  • "The same purpose which takes us to the Arafura Sea," Brande answered, and passed on.

    The Crack of Doom|Robert Cromie
  • Sailing on, the sloop was at once in the Arafura Sea, where for days she sailed in water milky white and green and purple.

British Dictionary definitions for Arafura Sea

Arafura Sea
/ (ˌærəˈfʊərə) /

a part of the W Pacific Ocean, between N Australia and SW New Guinea
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