Benin

[be-neen]
noun
1.
Formerly Dahomey. a republic in W Africa: formerly part of French West Africa; gained independence in 1960. 44,290 sq. mi. (114,711 sq. km). Capital: Porto Novo.
2.
a bay in N Gulf of Guinea in W Africa.
3.
a former native kingdom in W Africa: now incorporated into Nigeria.
4.
a river in S Nigeria, flowing into the Bight of Benin.
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Benin (bɛˈniːn)
 
n
1.  Former name (until 1975): Dahomey a republic in W Africa, on the Bight of Benin, a section of the Gulf of Guinea: in the early 19th century a powerful kingdom, famed for its women warriors; became a French colony in 1893, gaining independence in 1960. It consists chiefly of coastal lagoons and swamps in the south, a fertile plain and marshes in the centre, and the Atakora Mountains in the northwest. Official language: French. Religion: animist majority. Currency: franc. Capital: Porto Novo (the government is based in Cotonou). Pop: 6 918 000 (2004 est). Area: 112 622 sq km (43 474 sq miles)
2.  a former kingdom of W Africa, powerful from the 14th to the 17th centuries: now a province of S Nigeria: noted for its bronzes

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Benin
former W.African kingdom, from the Bini people, whose name is perhaps related to Arabic bani "sons." Though now the people is associated with Nigeria, the name was taken 1974 by the former nation of Dahomey.
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Various peoples inhabited the area that would become the republic of benin.
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