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[gee-an-uh, -ah-nuh, gahy-an-uh]
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  1. a vast tropical region in NE South America, bounded by the Orinoco, Negro, and Amazon rivers and the Atlantic. About 690,000 sq. mi. (1,787,000 sq. km).
  2. the coastal portion of this region, which includes Guyana, French Guiana, and Suriname. 175,275 sq. mi. (453,962 sq. km).
Can be confusedGuiana Guinea Guyana
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Historical Examples

  • But in this island, as also in Guiana, there are very many of them.

    The Discovery of Guiana

    Sir Walter Raleigh

  • Guiana hath but one entrance by the sea, if it hath that, for any vessels of burden.

    The Discovery of Guiana

    Sir Walter Raleigh

  • The Arawàk Indians of Guiana reckon descent in the female line.

    The Science of Fairy Tales

    Edwin Sidney Hartland

  • So Imthurm, for example, found it in 1884 among the Indians in Guiana.

  • The small production of Guiana is also imported into the United States.

British Dictionary definitions for guiana


The Guianas

  1. a region of NE South America, including Guyana, Surinam, French Guiana, and the Guiana Highlands (largely in SE Venezuela and partly in N Brazil). Area: about 1 787 000 sq km (690 000 sq miles)
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