- a seaport in and the capital of Senegal; capital of former French West Africa. 68 sq. mi. (176 sq. km).
- a republic in W Africa: independent member of the French Community; formerly part of French West Africa. 76,084 sq. mi. (197,057 sq. km). Capital: Dakar.
- a river in W Africa, flowing NW from E Mali to the Atlantic at St. Louis. About 1000 miles (1600 km) long.
French Sé·né·gal [sey-ney-gal] /seɪ neɪˈgal/.
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Examples from the Web for dakar
In 2010 Wade completed work on his African Renaissance Monument, a 160-foot bronze statue overlooking Dakar.Senegal Presidential Elections: Violence Flares Over Wade’s Candidacy
February 26, 2012
At 4:11 a.m. Dakar control asked the crew of Flight 459 to try to contact Flight 447.
The Dakar controllers, still following the “virtual” flight, told the Brazilians, “Yes, no worry.”
Nine minutes later the French crew told Dakar that they could not make contact.
Julia L. Ritchey is a freelance journalist based in Dakar, Senegal.A Strongman's Last Stand
Julia L. Ritchey
April 5, 2011
Some one has sent me his good wishes for the voyage from France by way of Dakar.South America To-day
My team was heading back for Dakar for a rest and new assignments.
Dakar had much to offer in the way of civilization's fleshpots.
Bey, where'd you leave our two hover-lorries when you came here to Dakar?Border, Breed Nor Birth
Dallas McCord Reynolds
Grand Bassam is connected with Europe by submarine cable via Dakar.
- the capital and chief port of Senegal, on the SE side of Cape Verde peninsula. Pop: 2 313 000 (2005 est)
- a republic in West Africa, on the Atlantic: made part of French West Africa in 1895; became fully independent in 1960; joined with The Gambia to form the Confederation of Senegambia (1982–89); mostly low-lying, with semidesert in the north and tropical forest in the southwest Official language: French. Religion: Muslim majority. Currency: franc. Capital: Dakar. Pop: 13 300 410 (2013 est). Area: 197 160 sq km (76 124 sq miles)
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Word Origin and History for dakar
African nation, named for the river through it, perhaps from a local word meaning "navigable."
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Senegal was a French colony from 1895 to 1958. It became fully independent in 1960.
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