- an independent republic on the NE coast of South America: a former British protectorate; gained independence 1966; member of the Commonwealth of Nations. 82,978 sq. mi. (214,913 sq. km). Capital: Georgetown.
Formerly British Guiana.
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Examples from the Web for guyana
To smuggle 500 kilograms of Mexican cocaine in frozen fish from Guyana to Italy would require as many as 5,000 fish.Mafia’s Cocaine-in-a-Can Bust
February 12, 2014
They are abundant in Paraguay; and Sonnini, the traveller, has observed them in Guyana.
These unfortunates were then taken to Bordeaux in carts, to be transported to Guyana.The Insect World
He induced 14,000 deluded French people to go and take possession of the rich and fertile lands of Guyana.The Jesuits, 1534-1921
Thomas J. Campbell
Mr. Bullock informed me he had the two sexes of this bird sent him from the interior of Guyana.Zoological Illustrations, Volume II
In Guyana there are one or two small species, and along the forest-covered sides of the Andes two or three more.
- a republic in NE South America, on the Atlantic: colonized chiefly by the Dutch in the 17th and 18th centuries; became a British colony in 1831 and an independent republic within the Commonwealth in 1966. Official language: English. Religions: Christian and Hindu. Currency: dollar. Capital: Georgetown. Pop: 739 903 (2013 est). Area: about 215 000 sq km (83 000 sq miles)Former name (until 1966): British Guiana
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Word Origin and History for guyana
from a native word perhaps meaning "respectable."
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper