- Republic of, a former name of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
- official name within the Democratic Republic of the Congo of the Congo River (the term Congo River is more widely used elsewhere).
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Word Origin and History for zaïre
African nation (1971-1997), from an early alternative name of the Congo River, from Kikongo nzai, dialectal form of nzadi "river."
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See Democratic Republic of Congo.
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