Papuan

noun Pap·u·an \ ˈpa-pyə-wən , -pə- \

Definition of Papuan

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

First Known Use of papuan

1786

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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