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Papua

[pap-yoo-uh, pah-poo-ah] /ˈpæp yu ə, ˈpɑ puˌɑ/
noun
2.
Gulf of, an inlet of the Coral Sea on the SE coast of New Guinea.
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British Dictionary definitions for Papua

Papua

/ˈpæpjʊə/
noun
1.
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
2.
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
3.
Gulf of Papua, an inlet of the Coral Sea in the SE coast of New Guinea
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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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