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Africa British & World English

The second-largest continent, a southward projection of the Old World land mass divided roughly in two by the equator and surrounded by sea except where the Isthmus of Suez joins it to Asia

East Africa British & World English

The eastern part of the African continent, especially the countries of Kenya, Uganda, and Tanzania

for Africa British & World English

In huge numbers or quantities; galore

West Africa British & World English

The western part of the African continent, especially the countries bounded by and including Mauritania, Mali, and Niger in the north and Gabon in the south

black Africa British & World English

The area of Africa, generally south of the Sahara, where black people predominate

North Africa British & World English

The northern part of the African continent, especially the countries bordering the Mediterranean and the Red Sea

South Africa British & World English

A country occupying the southernmost part of the continent of Africa; population 49,052,500 (est. 2009); languages: official languages, English, Afrikaans, Zulu, Xhosa, and other languages; administrative capital, Pretoria; seat of legislature, Cape Town

South Africa New Oxford Dictionary for Writers & Editors

country occupying the southernmost part of Africa

Horn of Africa British & World English

A peninsula of NE Africa, comprising Somalia and parts of Ethiopia. It lies between the Gulf of Aden and the Indian Ocean

French West Africa British & World English

A former federation of French territories in NW Africa (1895–1959). Its constituent territories were Senegal, Mauritania, French Sudan (now Mali), Upper Volta (now Burkina Faso), Niger, French Guinea (now Guinea), Côte d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast), and Dahomey (now Benin)

German East Africa British & World English

A former German protectorate in East Africa (1891–1918), corresponding to present-day Tanzania, Rwanda, and Burundi

South West Africa British & World English

Former name for Namibia.

French Equatorial Africa British & World English

A former federation of French territories in west central Africa (1910–58). Previously called French Congo, its constituent territories were Chad, Ubanghi Shari (now the Central African Republic), Gabon, and Middle Congo (now Congo)

German South West Africa British & World English

A former German protectorate in SW Africa (1884–1918), corresponding to present-day Namibia

for Africa in for British & World English

In huge numbers or quantities; galore

South West Africa People's Organization British & World English

A nationalist organization formed in Namibia in 1964-6 to oppose the illegitimate South African rule over the region. It waged a guerrilla campaign, operating largely from Angola; it eventually gained UN recognition, and won elections in 1989


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