[ sen-i-gawl, -gahl ]
/ ˌsɛn ɪˈgɔl, -ˈgɑl /
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a republic in western Africa, bordered on the west by the Atlantic Ocean and on the east by Mali. 76,084 square miles (197,057 square kilometers). Capital: Dakar.
a river in western Africa, flowing northwest from eastern Mali to the Atlantic Ocean at Saint-Louis in Senegal. About 1,000 miles (1,600 kilometers) long.
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French Sé·né·gal [sey-ney-gal]. /seɪ neɪˈgal/.

Origin of Senegal

First recorded in 1750–60; from French Sénégal, named after the Senegal River
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British Dictionary definitions for Senegal

/ (ˌsɛnɪˈɡɔːl) /

a republic in West Africa, on the Atlantic: made part of French West Africa in 1895; became fully independent in 1960; joined with The Gambia to form the Confederation of Senegambia (1982–89); mostly low-lying, with semidesert in the north and tropical forest in the southwest Official language: French. Religion: Muslim majority. Currency: franc. Capital: Dakar. Pop: 13 300 410 (2013 est). Area: 197 160 sq km (76 124 sq miles)
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Cultural definitions for Senegal


Republic in western Africa, bordered by the Atlantic Ocean to the west, Mauritania to the north, Mali to the east, and Guinea and Guinea-Bissau to the south. Dakar is the capital and largest city.

notes for Senegal

Senegal was a French colony from 1895 to 1958. It became fully independent in 1960.
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