Definition of Papua New Guinea in English:

Papua New Guinea

Syllabification: Pap·u·a New Guin·ea
  • A country in the western Pacific Ocean that includes the eastern half of the island of New Guinea as well as some neighboring islands; population 5,940,800 (est. 2009); capital, Port Moresby; languages, English (official), Tok Pisin, and several hundred native Austronesian and Papuan languages.

Papua New Guinea was formed in 1949 from the administrative union of Papua, an Australian Territory since 1906, and the Trust Territory of New Guinea (Northeast New Guinea), which was formerly under German control and an Australian trusteeship since 1921. In 1975, it became an independent state within the Commonwealth of Nations

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Papua New Guinean

adjective & noun
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  • One of the most important features of Papua New Guinean agriculture, especially in the informal sector, is that women play a key and leading role in food production, food processing and food marketing and distribution.
  • Black, red and yellow are traditional colors which are found in Papua New Guinean art and clothing.

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