Papuan

Papuan

[pap-yoo-uhn]
adjective
1.
of or pertaining to New Guinea or to Papua New Guinea.
2.
noting or pertaining to the indigenous black peoples of New Guinea, characterized by a black or dark brown complexion and crisp, frizzled hair.
3.
of or pertaining 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
4.
a native or inhabitant of New Guinea or Papua New Guinea.
5.
any of the Papuan languages.

Origin:
1805–15; Papu(a) + -an

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Papuan (ˈpæpjʊən)
 
adj
1.  of or relating to Papua or any of the languages spoken there
 
n
2.  a native or inhabitant of Papua New Guinea
3.  any of several languages of Papua New Guinea that apparently do not belong to the Malayo-Polynesian family

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