Papuan

[ pap-yoo-uh n ]
/ ˈpæp yu ən /

adjective

of or relating to New Guinea or to Papua New Guinea.
noting or pertaining to the indigenous black peoples of New Guinea, characterized by a black or dark brown complexion and crisp, frizzled hair.
of or relating to any of the unaffiliated languages indigenous to New Guinea and other islands nearby, especially Timor, the Bismarck Archipelago, the Moluccas, and the Solomons.

noun

a native or inhabitant of New Guinea or Papua New Guinea.
any of the Papuan languages.

Origin of Papuan

First recorded in 1805–15; Papu(a) + -an
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Papuan

/ (ˈpæpjʊən) /

adjective

of or relating to Papua or any of the languages spoken there

noun

a native or inhabitant of Papua New Guinea
any of several languages of Papua New Guinea that apparently do not belong to the Malayo-Polynesian family
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