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[bur-muh] /ˈbɜr mə/
a republic in SE Asia, on the Bay of Bengal. 261,789 sq. mi. (678,034 sq. km).
Capital: Yangon.
Official name Union of Myanmar. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • I have a Burma cheroot from a very precious supply of a kind-hearted subaltern here from Burma.

    The Secrets of a Kuttite Edward O. Mousley
  • These two were the first-fruits from the two leading races of Burma.

    A Tour of the Missions Augustus Hopkins Strong
  • He was on most friendly terms with the Chinese in Burma, and could trust himself to them without fear.

    The Pacification of Burma Sir Charles Haukes Todd Crosthwaite
  • Gauhati is the present capital of Assam, as Mandalay was once the capital of Burma.

    A Tour of the Missions Augustus Hopkins Strong
  • There is no pagoda or shrine in Burma around which is not found a large number of these images.

British Dictionary definitions for Burma


the former official name (until 1989, though still widely used) of Myanmar
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for Burma

from Burmese people's self-designation; see Myanmar. Related: Burman.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Burma in Culture

Burma definition

Republic in Southeast Asia, now officially known as Myanmar, bordered by Bangladesh, India, and the Bay of Bengal to the west; China to the north and northeast; Laos and Thailand to the east; and the Andaman Sea to the south. Rangoon is its capital and largest city.

Note: Under British control until 1948, it then became an independent republic.
Note: During World War II, the Allies and Japanese troops fought intense campaigns over control of the Burma Road, a vital supply link between China and India.
Note: Run by its military in the 1970s and 1980s, Burma saw its economy decline. Free elections in 1990 were won by the main opposition party, but the military government refused to relinquish its powers.
The American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
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