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Mafeking

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Pronunciation: /ˈmafɪkɪŋ
 
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Definition of Mafeking in English:

Former name of the town of Mafikeng in South Africa, capital of North West. In 1899–1900, during the Second Boer War, a small British force commanded by Lord Baden-Powell was besieged in Mafeking for 215 days; the town’s eventual relief was greeted in Britain with widespread celebration. Modern spelling Mafikeng.

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