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  1. a seaport in and the capital of Senegal; capital of former French West Africa. 68 sq. mi. (176 sq. km).


[sen-i-gawl, -gahl]
  1. 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.
  2. 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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  1. the capital and chief port of Senegal, on the SE side of Cape Verde peninsula. Pop: 2 313 000 (2005 est)


  1. 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."

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dakar in Culture


Republic in western Africa, bordered by the Atlantic Ocean to the west, Mauritania to the north, Mali to the east, and Guinea and Guinea-Bissau to the south. Dakar is the capital and largest city.


Senegal was a French colony from 1895 to 1958. It became fully independent in 1960.
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