Meaning of Zimbabwe


Pronunciation: (zim-bäb'wā, -wē), [key]
— n.
  1. Formerly,a republic in S Africa: a former British colony and part of the Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland; gained independence 1980. 7,200,000; 150,330 sq. mi. (389,362 sq. km). Cap.: Harare.
  2. the site of stone ruinsdiscovered c1870 in Rhodesia, probably built by a Bantu people, consisting of three main groups of ruins, and dating between the 9th and 15th centuries a.d.
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