Definition of Nicaragua in English:

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Pronunciation: /nikəˈräɡwə/
A country, the largest, in Central America, with a coastline on both the Atlantic and the Pacific oceans; population 5,891,200 (est. 2009); capital, Managua; official language, Spanish.

Colonized by the Spaniards, Nicaragua broke away from Spain in 1821 and became an independent republic in 1838. In 1979, the dictator Anastasio Somoza was overthrown by a popular revolution; the new left-wing Sandinista regime then faced a counterrevolutionary guerrilla campaign by the US-backed Contras. The Sandinistas lost power to an opposition coalition in the 1990 election and were defeated again in 1996 and 2001.

Words that rhyme with Nicaragua

jaguar, Managua

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Syllabification: Nic·a·ra·gua

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