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[moh-zam-beek, -zuh m-] /ˌmoʊ zæmˈbik, -zəm-/
Formerly Portuguese East Africa. a republic in SE Africa: formerly an overseas province of Portugal; gained independence in 1975. 297,731 sq. mi. (771,123 sq. km).
Capital: Maputo.
a seaport on an island just off the NE coast of this republic.
Portuguese Moçambique. Unabridged
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  • Once off the coast of Mozambique or Guinea, the cargo was rapidly made up.

    Americana Ebrietatis Hewson L. Peeke
  • In this current we have no difficulty in recognising that of Mozambique.

  • Yet a movement was going on: and it was to assure himself of this that the Mozambique was so attentive.

  • Barnet, the Mozambique man, joined us also, making four in all.

    Ned Myers James Fenimore Cooper
  • Dr. Hall tells the following true story: Two friends are in a canoe in the Mozambique channel.

    Short Studies in Ethics John Ormsby Miller
British Dictionary definitions for Mozambique


a republic in SE Africa: colonized by the Portuguese from 1505 onwards and a slave-trade centre until 1878; made an overseas province of Portugal in 1951; became an independent republic in 1975; became a member of the Commonwealth in 1995. Official language: Portuguese. Religion: animist majority. Currency: metical. Capital: Maputo. Pop: 24 096 669 (2013 est). Area: 812 379 sq km (313 661 sq miles) Portuguese name Moçambique Also called (until 1975) Portuguese East Africa
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Mozambique in Culture
Mozambique [(moh-zuhm-beek)]

Republic in southeastern Africa on the Indian Ocean, bordered by South Africa to the south, Swaziland to the southwest, Zimbabwe to the west, and Zambia, Malawi, and Tanzania to the north. It was a possession of Portugal from 1505 until 1975. Its capital and largest city is Maputo.

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