[ eer-ee-ahn -jah-yah ]
/ ˈɪər iˌɑn ˈdʒɑ yɑ /
the western part of the island of New Guinea, formerly a Dutch territory: a province of Indonesia since 1963. About 159,000 sq. mi. (411,810 sq. km). Capital: Jayapura.
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Formerly I·ri·an Ba·rat [bahr-aht], /ˈbɑr ɑt/, West Irian, Neth·er·lands New Guin·ea, Dutch New Guin·ea .
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British Dictionary definitions for Irian Jaya
a former Indonesian name (1973–2001) for Papua (def. 2)
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