[ roh-dee-zhuh ]
/ roʊˈdi ʒə /


(as Southern Rhodesia ) a former British colony in southern Africa: declared independence 1965; name changed to Zimbabwe 1979.
a historical region in southern Africa that comprised the British territories of Northern Rhodesia (now Zambia) and Southern Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe).


Rho·de·sian, adjective, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for Rhodesia

/ (rəʊˈdiːʃə, -zɪə) /


a former name (1964–79) for Zimbabwe
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Cultural definitions for Rhodesia

[ (roh-dee-zhuh) ]

Former name of Zimbabwe, a nation in southeastern Africa.

notes for Rhodesia

Rhodesia was named for Cecil Rhodes, the English industrialist whose British South Africa Company colonized the region at the end of the nineteenth century. He also founded the Rhodes Scholarships for study at Oxford University.
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