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[duh-hoh-mee; French da-aw-mey] /dəˈhoʊ mi; French da ɔˈmeɪ/
former name of Benin (def 1).
Related forms
Dahomean, Dahoman
[duh-hoh-muh n] /dəˈhoʊ mən/ (Show IPA),
adjective, noun Unabridged
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  • The furnace of "Satanic cruelty" had been broken down at Dahomey.

    An Outcast F. Colburn Adams
  • Where was the little king of Dahomey, of whom M. Moronval had spoken so warmly?

    Jack Alphonse Daudet
  • Why, his royal Highness,—you know him,—the little king of Dahomey.

    Jack Alphonse Daudet
  • All the daily papers published a biography of the little king of Dahomey.

    Jack Alphonse Daudet
  • A king of Dahomey escorted to the grave by a procession of Bohemians!

    Jack Alphonse Daudet
  • In Dahomey prayers and gifts are offered to trees in time of sickness.

    The Sacred Tree J. H. Philpot
  • The worship of the serpent is in much favour among the inhabitants of Dahomey.

    The Human Race Louis Figuier
  • After the Dahomey episode the success of the two men was continuous.

    Half a Man Mary White Ovington
  • He would not pretend that he could have made himself what he is in Hayti or in Dahomey.

    The English in the West Indies James Anthony Froude
  • This flourishes in Dahomey, and along the whole of the Bight of Benin.

British Dictionary definitions for Dahomey


the former name (until 1975) of Benin
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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