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Tanganyika

[tan-guh n-yee-kuh, -guh-nee-, tang-] /ˌtæn gənˈyi kə, -gəˈni-, ˌtæŋ-/
noun
1.
a former country in E Africa: formed the larger part of German East Africa; British trusteeship (Tanganyika Territory) 1946–61; became independent 1961; now the mainland part of Tanzania. 361,800 sq. mi. (937,062 sq. km).
2.
Lake, a lake in central Africa, between the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Tanzania: the longest freshwater lake in the world. About 450 miles (725 km) long; 30–40 miles (48–64 km) wide; 12,700 sq. mi. (32,893 sq. km).
Related forms
Tanganyikan, adjective, noun
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  • Beyond this the waters trend southward and toward Tanganyika.

    Stanley in Africa James P. Boyd
  • They pressed up the slopes and in a few days were in sight of Tanganyika.

    Stanley in Africa James P. Boyd
  • One day Stanley said, have you seen the north of Tanganyika yet?

    Stanley in Africa James P. Boyd
  • No Nile source in Tanganyika—at least not where it was expected to be found.

    Stanley in Africa James P. Boyd
  • Part ran by a short course into Tanganyika; part westward into the Lualaba.

    Stanley in Africa James P. Boyd
  • Those of Uganda and Tanganyika were mere jungle in comparison.

    Stanley in Africa James P. Boyd
  • On his arrival at Tanganyika he was ferried across to Ujiji.

    Stanley in Africa James P. Boyd
  • The last of the sections into which Stanley divides the Congo basin is that of Tanganyika.

    Stanley in Africa James P. Boyd
  • There is a small steamer on this lake—as also on Victoria and Tanganyika.

    Stanley in Africa James P. Boyd
  • The explorers left Tanganyika for the return journey to Zanzibar on May 26th.

British Dictionary definitions for Tanganyika

Tanganyika

/ˌtæŋɡəˈnjiːkə/
noun
1.
a former state in E Africa: became part of German East Africa in 1884; ceded to Britain as a League of Nations mandate in 1919 and as a UN trust territory in 1946; gained independence in 1961 and united with Zanzibar in 1964 as the United Republic of Tanzania
2.
Lake Tanganyika, a lake in central Africa between Tanzania and the Democratic Republic of Congo (formerly Zaïre), bordering also on Burundi and Zambia, in the Great Rift Valley: the longest freshwater lake in the world. Area: 32 893 sq km (12 700 sq miles). Length: 676 km (420 miles)
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