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Zaire

or Za·ïre

[zah-eer, zah-eer]
noun
  1. Republic of, a former name of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
  2. official name within the Democratic Republic of the Congo of the Congo River (the term Congo River is more widely used elsewhere).
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British Dictionary definitions for zaïre

Zaïre

noun
  1. the former name (1971–97) of the Democratic Republic of Congo
  2. (formerly) the Zaïrian name (1971–97) for the (River) Congo (def. 3)
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Word Origin and History for zaïre

Zaire

African nation (1971-1997), from an early alternative name of the Congo River, from Kikongo nzai, dialectal form of nzadi "river."

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

zaïre in Culture

Zaire

[(zeye-eer)]

See Democratic Republic of Congo.

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