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[pap-yoo-uh, pah-poo-ah] /ˈpæp yu ə, ˈpɑ puˌɑ/
Gulf of, an inlet of the Coral Sea on the SE coast of New Guinea. Unabridged
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  • They were somewhat similar to those we had seen in Papua, but far more substantial, and built in a much more elegant style.

    In the Eastern Seas W.H.G. Kingston
  • "It was like the tropical storms in Papua, where I lived until this year," she said.

    The Thing from the Lake Eleanor M. Ingram
  • If there were rhinoceroses in Papua, they must have got there by an overland route.

    Falling in Love Grant Allen
  • There is one genus, in Papua, which even goes so far as to provide the theatre with a surrounding garden.

  • He found, however, an important point on the western coast of Papua.

British Dictionary definitions for Papua


Territory of Papua, a former territory of Australia, consisting of SE New Guinea and adjacent islands: now part of Papua New Guinea Former name (1888–1906) British New Guinea
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 (1962-1973) Irian Barat, (1973-2001) Irian Jaya Former English name (translation of Irian Barat) West Irian
Gulf of Papua, an inlet of the Coral Sea in the SE coast of New Guinea
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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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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