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Lesotho

[ luh-soo-too, -soh-toh ]
/ ləˈsu tu, -ˈsoʊ toʊ /
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a monarchy in southern Africa, encircled by South Africa: formerly a British protectorate; gained independence 1966; member of the Commonwealth of Nations. 11,716 sq. mi. (30,344 sq. km). Capital: Maseru.

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Formerly Ba·su·to·land [buh-soo-too-land, -toh-] /bəˈsu tuˌlænd, -toʊ-/ .
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Lesotho
/ (lɪˈsuːtʊ, ləˈsəʊtəʊ) /

noun

a kingdom in southern Africa, forming an enclave in the Republic of South Africa: annexed to British Cape Colony in 1871; made a protectorate in 1884; gained independence in 1966; a member of the Commonwealth. It is generally mountainous, with temperate grasslands throughout. Languages: Sesotho and English. Religion: Christian majority. Currency: loti and South African rand. Capital: Maseru. Pop: 1 936 181 (2013 est). Area: 30 344 sq km (11 716 sq miles)Former name (1884–1966): Basutoland
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