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zaire

[zah-eer, zah-eer] /zɑˈɪər, ˈzɑ ɪər/
noun, plural zaire.
1.
a paper money and monetary unit of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, equal to 100 makuta.

Zaire

or Zaïre

[zah-eer, zah-eer] /zɑˈɪər, ˈzɑ ɪər/
noun
1.
Republic of, a former name of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
2.
official name within the Democratic Republic of the Congo of the Congo River (the term Congo River is more widely used elsewhere).
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  • Three hours from the city the zaire came up to a long canoe with four men standing at their paddles singing dolefully.

    Sanders of the River Edgar Wallace
  • I came out at the "Franais" as zaire; my success was a triumph!

    Gerald Fitzgerald Charles James Lever
  • He was the author of 17 dramatic pieces, some of them, such as his versions of Voltaire's zaire and Merope, being adaptations.

  • He went down stream the next morning, the zaire overcrowded with Houssas.

    Bones Edgar Wallace
  • "You shall find other counsellors, B'sano," said Hamilton, as the men were led to the zaire.

    Bones Edgar Wallace
British Dictionary definitions for zaire

Zaïre

/zɑːˈɪə/
noun
1.
the former name (1971–97) of the Democratic Republic of Congo
2.
(formerly) the Zaïrian name (1971–97) for the (River) Congo (sense 3)
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Word Origin and History for zaire

Zaire

African nation (1971-1997), from an early alternative name of the Congo River, from Kikongo nzai, dialectal form of nzadi "river."

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zaire in Culture
Zaire [(zeye-eer)]

See Democratic Republic of Congo.

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