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Papua New Guinea

Papua New Guinea

A country of the southwest Pacific Ocean comprising the eastern half of the island of New Guinea, the Bismarck Archipelago, the western Solomons, and adjacent islands. Inhabited by a variety of Papuan and Melanesian peoples, the territory was visited by early Spanish and Portuguese explorers, though European settlement did not begin until the establishment of German and British protectorates in 1884. Australia assumed control of the British sector in 1905 and took over the German sector during World War I. The country became self-governing in 1973 and fully independent in 1975. Port Moresby, on New Guinea, is the capital.

Pap′u·a New Guin′e·an adj. & n.

Papua New Guinea

n
(Placename) a country in the SW Pacific; consists of the E half of New Guinea, the Bismarck Archipelago, the W Solomon Islands, Trobriand Islands, D'Entrecasteaux Islands, Woodlark Island, and the Louisiade Archipelago; administered by Australia from 1949 until 1975, when it became an independent member of the Commonwealth. Official language: English; Tok Pisin (English Creole) and Motu are widely spoken. Religion: Christian majority. Currency: kina. Capital: Port Moresby. Pop: 6 431 902 (2013 est). Area: 461 693 sq km (178 260 sq miles)

Pap′ua New` Guin′ea


n.
an independent country comprising the E part of the island of New Guinea and nearby islands: a former Australian Trusteeship Territory; independent since 1975; member of the Commonwealth of Nations. 4,705,126; 178,704 sq. mi. (462,840 sq. km). Cap.: Port Moresby.
Pap′ua New` Guin′ean, n., adj.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Papua New Guinea - a parliamentary democracy on the eastern half of the island of New GuineaPapua New Guinea - a parliamentary democracy on the eastern half of the island of New Guinea; in 1975 it became an independent state within the Commonwealth of Nations
British Commonwealth, Commonwealth of Nations - an association of nations consisting of the United Kingdom and several former British colonies that are now sovereign states but still pay allegiance to the British Crown
Bismarck Archipelago - a group of islands in the southwestern Pacific to the northeast of New Guinea; part of Papua New Guinea
Bougainville - the largest of the Solomon Islands; a province of Papua New Guinea
New Guinea - a Pacific island to the north of Australia; the 2nd largest island in the world; the western part is governed by Indonesia and the eastern part is Papua New Guinea
Papua - the southeastern part of Papua New Guinea
capital of Papua New Guinea, Port Moresby - the administrative capital and largest city of Papua New Guinea
Translations

Papua New Guinea

[ˈpæpjʊənjuːˈgɪnɪ] NPapúa f Nueva Guinea, Nueva Guinea f Papúa

Papua New Guinea