Papua meaning

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Arm of the Coral Sea, on the SE coast of New Guinea: c. 225 mi (362 km) wide.
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Former United Nations trust territory that was administered by Australia, consisting of the SE section of New Guinea and the nearby islands.
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The southern part of what is now called Papua New Guinea, formerly administered as a separate territory to New Guinea.
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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.
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Origin of papua

  • From Malay Papua, from pepuah (“curly (of hair)") for the natives of the island.

    From Wiktionary