Definitions for tanganyikaˌtæn gənˈyi kə, -gəˈni-, ˌtæŋ-

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

Tan•gan•yi•kaˌtæn gənˈyi kə, -gəˈni-, ˌtæŋ-(n.)

  1. a former country in E Africa: formed the larger part of German East Africa; British trusteeship (Tan′ganyi′ka Ter′ritory) 1946–61; became independent 1961; now part of Tanzania. 361,800 sq. mi. (937,062 sq. km).

    Category: Geography (places)

  2. Lake, a lake in central Africa, between the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Tanzania: longest freshwater lake in the world. 12,700 sq. mi. (32,893 sq. km).

    Category: Geography (places)

Tan`gan•yi′kan(adj.; n.)

Princeton's WordNet

  1. Lake Tanganyika, Tanganyika(noun)

    the longest lake in the world in central Africa between Tanzania and Congo in the Great Rift Valley

  2. Tanganyika(noun)

    a former state in East Africa; united with Zanzibar in 1964 to form Tanzania


  1. Tanganyika(ProperNoun)

    A large lake in central Africa, between Burundi, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Tanzania and Zambia.

  2. Tanganyika(ProperNoun)

    A former British mandate and territory and, between 1961 and 1964, an independent country in East Africa.


  1. Tanganyika

    Tanganyika, from 1962 to 1964 the Republic of Tanganyika, was a sovereign state in East Africa. It was situated between the Indian Ocean and the African Great Lakes of Lake Victoria, Lake Nyasa and Lake Tanganyika. It gained independence from the United Kingdom as a Commonwealth Realm on 9 December 1961, becoming a republic within the Commonwealth of Nations exactly a year later, on 9 December 1962. On 26 April 1964, Tanganyika joined with the islands of Zanzibar to form the United Republic of Tanganyika and Zanzibar, a new state that changed its name to the United Republic of Tanzania within a year. Tanganyika originally consisted of the British share of the former German colony of German East Africa which the British took under a League of Nations Mandate in 1922, which was later transformed into a United Nations Trust Territory after World War II. The other parts of German East Africa were taken into Belgian Trusteeship, eventually becoming known as modern-day Rwanda and Burundi.

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Tanganyika

    a lake of East Central Africa, stretching between the Congo Free State (W.) and German East Africa (E.); discovered by Speke and Burton in 1858; more carefully explored by Livingstone and Stanley in 1871; the overflow is carried off by the Lukuga into the Upper Congo; is girt round by lofty mountains; length 420 m., breadth from 15 to 80 m.


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