- n. A large island in the Pacific Ocean, north of Australia, whose territory is divided between Indonesia in the west and Papua New Guinea in the east.
- n. historical the northern part of what is now called Papua New Guinea, formerly administered as a separate territory to Papua.
- n. informal the nation more properly referred to as Papua New Guinea.
- n. 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
“The topographical and climatic conditions differ drastically New Guinea being steeply mountainous, mostly covered with rainforest; Australia being flat, mostly covered with desert and savanna, but the resident faunas are similar.”
“The most obvious conclusion to be drawn was that Aru belonged with New Guinea and Australia, not with the rest of the Malay Archipelago.”
“This individual looked at first to be Ornithoptera poseidon, a New Guinea species, though closer inspection would suggest that it might represent a distinct Aru form.”
“Its liquid Vanilla Stevia is made with its artisan Singing Dog vanilla extract from New Guinea rather than the artificial flavors some other vanilla stevia products use.”
“As an example, he mentioned the paradise-kingfisher group of species—Tanysiptera galatea and others—on mainland New Guinea and its satellite islands.”
“He took them to be the truncated lower ends of old New Guinea drainages, left behind when geological slumping caused the upriver reaches to subside below sea level and leave Aru insularized on the shelf.”
“West of the dividing line lived tigers and monkeys, bears and orangutans, barbets and trogons; east of the line were friarbirds and cockatoos, birds of paradise and paradise kingfishers, cuscuses and other marsupials including farther east in New Guinea and tropical Australia the ineffable tree kangaroos, doing their clumsy best to fill niches left vacant by missing monkeys.”
“In the central highlands of New Guinea you can catch sight of the ribbon-tailed bird of paradise, no bigger than a crow but dragging a pair of grossly elongated tail feathers, white streamers like the tail on a kite, as it swims heavily through the air of a clearing.”
“T. galatea itself occupied New Guinea proper, having diversified there into only three subspecies, despite the great heterogeneity of available habitats.”
“He had found the sulphur-crested cockatoo, another New Guinea species.”
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