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Mauritania

Syllabification: Mau·ri·ta·ni·a
Pronunciation: /ˌmôriˈtānēə
 
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Definition of Mauritania in English:

A country in West Africa with a coastline on the Atlantic Ocean; population 3,129,500 (est. 2009); capital, Nouakchott; languages, Arabic (official), Wolof (official), and French.

Mauritania was a center of Berber power in the 11th and 12th centuries, at which time Islam was established in the region. Later, nomadic Arab tribes became dominant, while European nations, especially France, established trading posts on the coast. A French protectorate from 1902 and a colony from 1920, Mauritania achieved full independence in 1961

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Mauritanian

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adjective& noun
Example sentences
  • There were sound reasons for the resentment of the vast majority of Mauritanians - rampant unemployment, high inflation levels and a serious brain drain problem.
  • Up to 900,000 black Mauritanians, mostly women and children, worked without pay as domestic servants and herders.
  • He will discover the full extent of the injuries he received in Wednesday's 100 mph end-over-end crash in the Mauritanian desert when he sees a consultant neurosurgeon in Glasgow tomorrow.

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