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Papuan  adj.  Of or pertaining to Papua.






Collaborative International Dictionary of English 0.48








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"Papuan" Quotes from Famous Books



... impression of a people who have degenerated from something higher and better." At a few points in Polynesia a small portion of the people show Mongol traits. Dark-colored people, evidently of the Papuan variety, somewhat mixed with the brown race it may be, are found at various points in larger numbers; but the great body of the Polynesians are a brown race, established (at a very remote period, perhaps) by a mixture of the Papuans with the Malays. Now take into consideration the former ...
— Ancient America, in Notes on American Archaeology • John D. Baldwin

... Captain Cook. They are considerably hilly, and well clothed with timber. The valleys are extremely abundant, producing figs, nutmegs, and oranges, besides the fruits common to the rest of Polynesia. The inhabitants present the most ugly specimen extant of the Papuan race; the men wear no covering, and the women, who are used as mere beasts of burden; wear only a petticoat, made from the plantain leaf. Their canoes are more rudely constructed than in most of the ...
— The World of Waters - A Peaceful Progress o'er the Unpathed Sea • Mrs. David Osborne

... sea-coast are inhabited by a Malayan population, and the northern and western portions of the island are occupied by a light-coloured Malay folk akin to the natives of the eastern Celebes. In the interior is found a peculiar race which is held by some to be Papuan. They are described, however, as singularly un-Papuan in physique, being only 5 ft. 2 in. in average height, of a yellow-brown colour, of feeble build, and without the characteristic frizzly hair and prominent nose of the true Papuan. They are completely ...
— Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 4, Part 4 - "Bulgaria" to "Calgary" • Various

... genera (Goin, 1961; Lutz, 1966). These species differ from all other Neotropical hylids by possessing a vertical, instead of horizontal, pupil. The only other hylids having a vertical pupil belong to the Papuan genus Nyctimystes. Goin (1961) erroneously stated that Nyctimantis ...
— The Genera of Phyllomedusine Frogs (Anura Hylidae) • William E. Duellman

... puzzling him, however, was where to plant the seed. He was to meet here a man who had a plan for planting in the islands. There were wild rumours afloat of the fortunes that could be made in rubber and vanilla out in the Papuan "Back Beyond." Harber was only half inclined to believe them, perhaps; but half persuaded is ...
— O. Henry Memorial Award Prize Stories of 1920 • Various

... wonderful country! I would advise those who delight in good reading to purchase Miss Grimshaw's books. Not only are they of overpowering interest, but they are a living picture of the customs and habits of the Papuan race. ...
— The Chronicles of a Gay Gordon • Jose Maria Gordon



Words linked to "Papuan" :   tongue, Papua, natural language, Papuan monetary unit, New Guinea, Indonesian, Papuan language



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