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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • A volcanic island of Papua New Guinea, in the southwest Pacific Ocean. The largest island in the Bismarck Archipelago, it was first visited and named by William Dampier in 1700 and was controlled by Germany after 1884 and by Australia from 1920 until 1975, when Papua New Guinea achieved independence.
  • A city of central Connecticut south-southwest of Hartford. Tin and brass industries were established here in the 18th century. Population: 70,700.


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