Definition of Papua in English:

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Papua

Pronunciation: /ˈpäpo͝oə/ /ˈpapyo͝oə/
1A province of Indonesia comprising most of the western part of the island of New Guinea, with some offshore islands; capital, Jayapura. Formerly called Irian Jaya, West Irian.
2A name for the island of New Guinea. See also Papua New Guinea.

Origin

Named by a Portuguese navigator who visited it 1526–27, from a Malay word meaning 'woolly-haired'.

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Syllabification: Pap·u·a

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