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[gahy-an-uh, -ah-nuh] /gaɪˈæn ə, -ˈɑ nə/
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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[gahy-uh-neez, -nees] /ˌgaɪ əˈniz, -ˈnis/ (Show IPA),
noun, adjective
Can be confused
Guiana, Guinea, Guyana. Unabridged
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  • 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 Louis Figuier
  • 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.

  • In Guyana there are one or two small species, and along the forest-covered sides of the Andes two or three more.

  • In the Creole of Guyana this proverb exists in a very curious form: Ago pa guéri maleng.

    "Gombo Zhbes" Lafcadio Hearn
British Dictionary definitions for Guyana


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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for Guyana

from a native word perhaps meaning "respectable."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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