Arm of the Coral Sea, on the SE coast of New Guinea: c. 225 mi (362 km) wide.
Former United Nations trust territory that was administered by Australia, consisting of the SE section of New Guinea and the nearby islands.
The southern part of what is now called Papua New Guinea, formerly administered as a separate territory to New Guinea.
Province of Indonesia, occupying the W half of the island of New Guinea: a Dutch territory until 1963: c. 141,107 sq mi (365,466 sq km); cap. Jayapura.
Origin of papua
From MalayPapua, from pepuah (“curly (of hair)") for the natives of the island.
Papua Sentence Examples
All are animals of small or moderate size and arboreal habits, feeding on a vegetable or mixed diet, and inhabiting Australia, Papua and the Moluccan Islands.
As a whole, the birds of Papua are remarkable for their brilliance of plumage, or their metallic colouring.
Borneo, the most western and the largest of the northern group of islands which extends between 110° and 150° E., as far as New Guinea or Papua, is but little known.
Celebes, Papua, and the other islands east of Java beyond Wallace's line, fall within the Australian region.
In general terms they extend, with modifications of character probably due to admixture with other types and to varying conditions of life, over the whole of northern Asia as far south as the plains bordering the Caspian Sea, including Tibet and China, and also over the IndoMalayan peninsula and Archipelago, excepting Papua and some of the more eastern islands.