Lesotho

Lesotho

[luh-soo-too, -soh-toh]
noun
a monarchy in S Africa: formerly a British protectorate; gained independence 1966; member of the Commonwealth of Nations. 11,716 sq. mi. (30,344 sq. km). Capital: Maseru.
Formerly Basutoland.
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Lesotho (lɪˈsuːtʊ, ləˈsəʊtəʊ)
 
n
Former name (1884--1966): Basutoland a kingdom in southern Africa, forming an enclave in the Republic of South Africa: annexed to British Cape Colony in 1871; made a protectorate in 1884; gained independence in 1966; a member of the Commonwealth. It is generally mountainous, with temperate grasslands throughout. Languages: Sesotho and English. Religion: Christian majority. Currency: loti and South African rand. Capital: Maseru. Pop: 1 800 000 (2004 est). Area: 30 344 sq km (11 716 sq miles)

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