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Carpentaria, Gulf of, an arm of the sea indenting the north coast of Australia, from between lat. lO-2/3° and 17-1/2° S. and long. 136° and 142° E., bounded on the E. by York Peninsula, and on the West by Arnhem Land, and containing several islands. Several rivers flow into the gulf, among them being the Flinders, the Leichhardt, and the Roper. The gulf received its name from a river Carpentier, so called by its discoverer in honour of Pieter Carpentier, the Governor of the Dutch Indies in 1623.