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Guyana

[gahy-an-uh, -ah-nuh]
noun
  1. an independent republic on the NE coast of South America: a former British protectorate; gained independence 1966; member of the Commonwealth of Nations. 82,978 sq. mi. (214,913 sq. km). Capital: Georgetown.
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Formerly British Guiana.
Related formsGuy·a·nese [gahy-uh-neez, -nees] /ˌgaɪ əˈniz, -ˈnis/, noun, adjective
Can be confusedGuiana Guinea Guyana
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Guyana

noun
  1. a republic in NE South America, on the Atlantic: colonized chiefly by the Dutch in the 17th and 18th centuries; became a British colony in 1831 and an independent republic within the Commonwealth in 1966. Official language: English. Religions: Christian and Hindu. Currency: dollar. Capital: Georgetown. Pop: 739 903 (2013 est). Area: about 215 000 sq km (83 000 sq miles)Former name (until 1966): British Guiana
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Word Origin and History for guyana

Guyana

from a native word perhaps meaning "respectable."

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