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Rhodesia

[roh-dee-zhuh] /roʊˈdi ʒə/
noun
1.
(as Southern Rhodesia, ) a former British colony in S Africa: declared independence 1965; name changed to Zimbabwe, 1979.
2.
a historical region in S Africa that comprised the British territories of Northern Rhodesia (now Zambia) and Southern Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe).
Related forms
Rhodesian, adjective, noun
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  • When he was no longer alive to lend them his strong hand, the rhodesian party was bound to disperse.

    Cecil Rhodes Princess Catherine Radziwill
  • The rhodesian party, deprived of its chief, was entirely harmless.

    Cecil Rhodes Princess Catherine Radziwill
  • With Rhodes' death the whole system of rhodesian politics perished.

    Cecil Rhodes Princess Catherine Radziwill
  • The rhodesian gold mines, which are operated by the Chartered Company and by individuals, have never fully realized their promise.

    An African Adventure Isaac F. Marcosson
  • On the rhodesian side were other grand specimens of British manhood.

  • We can now turn to the really romantic side of the rhodesian mineral deposits.

    An African Adventure Isaac F. Marcosson
  • If I were only a rhodesian policeman I should not have come.

    The Rhodesian Gertrude Page
British Dictionary definitions for rhodesian

Rhodesian

/rəʊˈdiːʃən; -zɪən/
adjective
1.
of or relating to the former Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) or its inhabitants
noun
2.
a native or inhabitant of the former Rhodesia

Rhodesia

/rəʊˈdiːʃə; -zɪə/
noun
1.
a former name (1964–79) for Zimbabwe
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rhodesian 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.
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