- an independent republic on the E coast of Africa, formed from the former British Somaliland and the former Italian Somaliland. 246,198 sq. mi. (637,653 sq. km). Capital: Mogadishu.
Examples from the Web for somalia
At first fighters were taken to Somalia; now Al-Shabab has brought the war to Kenyan territory.Al-Shabab’s Anti-Christian Slaughter
December 3, 2014
Granderson said Bush conducted air strikes against Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan and Somalia.Fact-Checking the Sunday Shows: September 28
September 28, 2014
One theory holds that Gedi was deserted to avoid the advancing nomadic Galla tribe coming from Somalia.Kenya Has Its Own Machu Picchu—the Lost Town of Gedi
September 18, 2014
In Iraq, Yemen, and Somalia, host governments invited U.S. forces in, as opposed to Syria.Obama's New War on ISIS May Be Illegal
September 11, 2014
UDPATE: Ahmed Abdi Godane was killed in a U.S. airstrike in Somalia on Monday, September 1, 2014, the Pentagon has announced.Ahmed Abdi Godane Is Al-Shabab's Osama bin Laden
September 5, 2014
Poets in Somalia hold an inordinate sway over the indigenous population.After the Rain
- a republic in NE Africa, on the Indian Ocean and the Gulf of Aden: the north became a British protectorate in 1884; the east and south were established as an Italian protectorate in 1889; gained independence and united as Somalia (or the Somali Republic) in 1960. In 1991 the former British Somaliland region in the north unilaterally declared itself independent as the Republic of Somaliland, and Puntland and other areas are also operating effectively as separate states, but this has not been recognized officially. Official languages: Arabic and Somali. Official religion: (Sunni) Muslim. Currency: Somali shilling. Capital: Mogadishu. Pop: 10 251 568 (2013 est). Area: 637 541 sq km (246 154 sq miles)
Word Origin and History for somalia
country named for the indigenous Somali people, whose name (attested in English by 1814) is of unknown origin.