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[roh-dee-zhuh] /roʊˈdi ʒə/
(as Southern Rhodesia, ) a former British colony in S Africa: declared independence 1965; name changed to Zimbabwe, 1979.
a historical region in S Africa that comprised the British territories of Northern Rhodesia (now Zambia) and Southern Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe).
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Rhodesian, adjective, noun Unabridged
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  • The Southern Rhodesia administrative account showed a surplus revenue of 17,125l.

  • I have met people from Rhodesia, and they dress quite ordinarily.

    The Rhodesian Gertrude Page
  • Afterwards I went into Rhodesia, and incidentally made money.

    The Avenger E. Phillips Oppenheim
  • What, in the name of fortune, is the good of going to Rhodesia?

    The Rhodesian Gertrude Page
  • He had been in Rhodesia, poking about in some ancient ruins there, and—oh, my garden flower!

    Poppy Cynthia Stockley
  • In 1893 came the first of the events that made Rhodesia a storm center.

    An African Adventure Isaac F. Marcosson
  • If she could anyhow win her father's consent, she would go with him on his trip to Rhodesia.

    The Rhodesian Gertrude Page
  • He would clear out of Rhodesia as soon as he had carried his point.

    Hilda Wade Grant Allen
British Dictionary definitions for Rhodesia


/rəʊˈdiːʃə; -zɪə/
a former name (1964–79) for Zimbabwe
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Rhodesia in Culture
Rhodesia [(roh-dee-zhuh)]

Former name of Zimbabwe, a nation in southeastern Africa.

Note: Rhodesia was named for Cecil Rhodes, the English industrialist whose British South Africa Company colonized the region at the end of the nineteenth century. He also founded the Rhodes Scholarships for study at Oxford University.
The American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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