zaire: Meaning and Definition of


Pronunciation: (zä-ēr', zä'ēr), [key]
— pl. za•ire.
  1. a paper money and monetary unit of Zaire, equal to 100 makuta.


Pronunciation: (zä-ēr', zä'ēr), [key]
— n.
  1. Formerly,a republic in central Africa: a former Belgian colony; gained independence 1960. 27,100,000; 905,063 sq. mi. (2,344,113 sq. km). Cap.: Kinshasa.
  2. Official name within Zaire of the Congo River (the term Congo River is more widely used elsewhere).
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