country on a group of islands in the SW Pacific, east
of New Guinea: formerly a British protectorate
, it became independent & a member of the Commonwealth in 1978: 10,954 sq mi
(28,371 sq km); pop. 286,000; cap
group of islands including the islands of this country, Bougainville, and other islands
belonging to Papua New Guinea: c. 16,000 sq mi (41,440 sq km)
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