Definition of Papuan in English:


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Pronunciation: /ˈpapʊən
, ˈpapwən/


1A native or inhabitant of Papua, or of Papua New Guinea.
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  • In Papua, the missionaries saw the laid-back, no-rule, non-authoritarian lifestyle of Papuans as a sign of their primitiveness.
  • West Papuans feel that Indonesia is despoiling their country by logging and mining, and that they are getting a disproportionately tiny share of the financial fruits.
  • If the Papuans need training so that they can manage their own country, why aren't local and international NGOs providing it?
2 [mass noun] A heterogeneous group of around 750 languages spoken by some 3 million people in Papua New Guinea and neighbouring islands.


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Relating to Papua or its people or their languages.
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  • Flassy said the transfer of power from the Indonesian government to Papuan should take place in six months.
  • The OPM itself was a rather loose organisation set up by West Papuan exiles with a headquarters in Holland and an office at the United Nations.
  • The word merdeka - an important political concept - is also key to understanding contemporary Papuan culture.

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