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- proper n. A country in Oceania. Official name: Independent State of Papua New Guinea.
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- n. 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
Malay pepuah ("frizzy") in reference to locals' hair + new + Guinea (due to the similar complexion of Africans to Papuans) (Wiktionary)