[tan-guh n-yee-kuh, -guh-nee-, tang-]
- 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).
- 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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They pressed up the slopes and in a few days were in sight of Tanganyika.
One day Stanley said, have you seen the north of Tanganyika yet?
Beyond this the waters trend southward and toward Tanganyika.
Part ran by a short course into Tanganyika; part westward into the Lualaba.
No Nile source in Tanganyika—at least not where it was expected to be found.
- 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
- 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)