Definition of Papua in English:

Papua

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Pronunciation: /ˈpapwə
 
, paˈpuːə, ˈpapjʊə/
  • 1A province of Indonesia comprising most of the western part of the island of New Guinea, with some offshore islands; capital, Jayapura. Until its incorporation into Indonesia in 1963 it was known as Dutch New Guinea. Formerly called Irian Jaya, West Irian.

Origin

named by a Portuguese navigator who visited it in 1526–7, from a Malay word meaning 'woolly-haired'.

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