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[soo r-uh-nahm, -nam; Dutch sy-ree-nah-muh] /ˈsʊər əˌnɑm, -ˌnæm; Dutch ˌsü riˈnɑ mə/
a republic on the NE coast of South America: formerly a territory of the Netherlands; gained independence 1975. 60,230 sq. mi. (155,995 sq. km).
Capital: Paramaribo.
Also, Surinam
[soo r-uh-nahm, -nam] /ˈsʊər əˌnɑm, -ˌnæm/ (Show IPA)
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  • Portugal has lost every province; Spain is blockaded in nearly her last citadel; and the Dutch flag is only seen in surinam.

    Wanderings in South America Charles Waterton
  • The Carib women in surinam think that large calves of the leg are a beauty.

    Folkways William Graham Sumner
  • Boston privateer brig Montgomery, of 18 guns, captured British ship surinam, 20 guns.

  • This contains an account of his journey with his family to settle at surinam.

    Art in England Dutton Cook
  • I've had the pleasure of telling him so sence—'twas in surinam 'long in '72.

    Cape Cod Stories Joseph C. Lincoln
  • The Dutch brought the cultivation of coffee to surinam in 1718.

    All About Coffee William H. Ukers
  • On pp. 455-458, a fair rsum of the History of the Jews in surinam is given.

  • It is a native of surinam, and other provinces of South America.

    Buffon's Natural History. Volume VIII (of 10) Georges Louis Leclerc de Buffon
  • Grievances about the settlement of questions concerning the East Indies and surinam were raked up.

    History of Holland George Edmundson
  • Croplin described it from a M. didactyla from surinam (Wiegmanns Archiv, 1849).

    Parasites T. Spencer Cobbold
British Dictionary definitions for surinam


a republic in NE South America, on the Atlantic: became a self-governing part of the Netherlands in 1954 and fully independent in 1975. Official languages: Dutch; English is also widely spoken. Religion: Hindu, Christian, and Muslim. Currency: guilder. Capital: Paramaribo. Pop: 566 846 (2013 est). Area: 163 820 sq km (63 251 sq miles) Former names Dutch Guiana, Netherlands Guiana
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