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Tanganyika

[tan-guh n-yee-kuh, -guh-nee-, tang-]
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noun
  1. a former country in E Africa: formed the larger part of German East Africa; British trusteeship (Tanganyika Territory) 1946–61; became independent 1961; now the mainland part of Tanzania. 361,800 sq. mi. (937,062 sq. km).
  2. Lake, a lake in central Africa, between the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Tanzania: the longest freshwater lake in the world. About 450 miles (725 km) long; 30–40 miles (48–64 km) wide; 12,700 sq. mi. (32,893 sq. km).
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Related formsTan·gan·yi·kan, adjective, noun
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Historical Examples

  • They pressed up the slopes and in a few days were in sight of Tanganyika.

    Stanley in Africa

    James P. Boyd

  • One day Stanley said, have you seen the north of Tanganyika yet?

    Stanley in Africa

    James P. Boyd

  • Beyond this the waters trend southward and toward Tanganyika.

    Stanley in Africa

    James P. Boyd

  • Part ran by a short course into Tanganyika; part westward into the Lualaba.

    Stanley in Africa

    James P. Boyd

  • No Nile source in Tanganyika—at least not where it was expected to be found.

    Stanley in Africa

    James P. Boyd


British Dictionary definitions for tanganyika

Tanganyika

noun
  1. a former state in E Africa: became part of German East Africa in 1884; ceded to Britain as a League of Nations mandate in 1919 and as a UN trust territory in 1946; gained independence in 1961 and united with Zanzibar in 1964 as the United Republic of Tanzania
  2. Lake Tanganyika a lake in central Africa between Tanzania and the Democratic Republic of Congo (formerly Zaïre), bordering also on Burundi and Zambia, in the Great Rift Valley: the longest freshwater lake in the world. Area: 32 893 sq km (12 700 sq miles). Length: 676 km (420 miles)
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