Papuan
noun Date: 1814 1. a native or inhabitant of Papua 2. a member of any of the native peoples of New Guinea and adjacent areas of Melanesia 3. any of a heterogeneous group of languages spoken in New Guinea, New Britain, and the Solomon islands • Papuan adjective

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  • Papuan — Pap u*an, prop. a. Of or pertaining to Papua. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Papuan — [pap′yo͞o ən, pap′o͞oən] adj. of Papua or its peoples, languages, or cultures n. 1. a person born or living in Papua New Guinea 2. a member of any of the indigenous peoples of New Guinea and nearby islands 3. a) any of a group of languages spoken …   English World dictionary

  • Papuan — I noun 1. a native or inhabitant of Papua New Guinea or New Guinea • Hypernyms: ↑Indonesian • Member Holonyms: ↑New Guinea 2. any of the indigenous languages spoken in Papua New Guinea or New Britain or the Solomon Islands that are not Malayo… …   Useful english dictionary

  • Papuan — Pap•u•an [[t]ˈpæp yu ən[/t]] adj. 1) peo of or pertaining to Papua or Papua New Guinea, or the inhabitants of either 2) peo of or pertaining to the island of New Guinea or its indigenous inhabitants 3) peo of, pertaining to, or denoting the group …   From formal English to slang

  • Papuan — Papuars Pap u*ars, n. pl.; sing. {Papuan}. (Ethnol.) The native black race of Papua or New Guinea, and the adjacent islands. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Papuan — /pap yooh euhn/, adj. 1. of or pertaining to New Guinea or to Papua New Guinea. 2. noting or pertaining to the indigenous black peoples of New Guinea, characterized by a black or dark brown complexion and crisp, frizzled hair. 3. of or pertaining …   Universalium

  • Papuan — /ˈpapjuən/ (say pahpyoohuhn), /ˈpæp / (say pap ), / puən/ (say poohuhn) adjective 1. Also, Papua New Guinean. of or relating to Papua New Guinea or its inhabitants. 2. of or relating to the numerous non Austronesian languages spoken in Papua New… …   Australian English dictionary

  • Papuan — 1. adjective From, or pertaining to Papua or Papua New Guinea 2. noun Someone from Papua or Papua New Guinea …   Wiktionary

  • Papuan — n. member of the native tribes of New Guinea; resident of New Guinea; language spoken by the native tribes of New Guinea n. member of the native tribes of New Guinea …   English contemporary dictionary

  • Papuan — noun 1》 a native or inhabitant of Papua, or of Papua New Guinea. 2》 a heterogeneous group of around 750 languages spoken in Papua New Guinea and neighbouring islands. adjective relating to Papua or its people or their languages …   English new terms dictionary

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