Definition of Papua in English:

Papua

proper noun

  • 1A province of Indonesia comprising most of the western part of the island of New Guinea, with some offshore islands; capital, Jayapura.

    Formerly called Irian Jaya, West Irian
  • 2A name for the island of New Guinea.

Origin

Named by a Portuguese navigator who visited it in 1526–7, from a Malay word meaning ‘wooly-haired’.

Pronunciation

Papua

/ˈpapyo͝oə/