Proper Noun

  • The southern part of what is now called Papua New Guinea, formerly administered as a separate territory to New Guinea.
  • province Indonesia (country).


  • There are three theories about its origin:
  • for the natives of the island of New Guinea.
  • From Ternate/Tidore papo ua, referring to the territory that geographically was far away from the Sultanate of Tidore (and thus not united).
  • From Biak sup i papwa, referring to the islands west of the Bird's Head, as far as Halmahera.

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