Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • A country of western Africa lying along the Gambia River and surrounded, except for a short coastline on the Atlantic Ocean, by Senegal. Once a part of the Mali Empire, it became a British crown colony in 1843 and a British protectorate in 1894. Gambia achieved independence in 1965. From 1982 to 1989 it formed with Senegal the Confederation of Senegambia. Banjul is the capital. Population: 1,690,000.

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  • proper n. A country in Western Africa. Official name: The Republic of the Gambia.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a narrow republic surrounded by Senegal in West Africa

Etymologies

Mandinka Kambra/Kambaa ("Gambia River") or Serer Gamba (from the sacred Gamba beaten upon the death of an elder). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • We've had an overwhelming response to this call for ... gambia: Thanks for this really cool post about the Gambia.

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  • I have the impression the same procedure occurred in Gambia and Sudan.

    Place Names with Definite Articles

  • Blogger Wordmerchant: How do I get a cat across to you in Gambia?

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  • Leading HIV experts are alarmed that the government of The Gambia is encouraging citizens living with HIV to stop taking antiretroviral medications in order to try an unproven herbal remedy.

    Lizard of the Penguins

  • Open up legal immigration and we can talk about fixing the illegals; until then, the term for illegal immigrants is “immigrants” and the term for legal immigrants is “people stuck in Gambia with a million pounds of paperwork.”

    I’d Be For It If I’d Approved It…

  • Nagana and Surra, the trypanosome of horses in Gambia, a trypanosome of cattle in the Transvaal, the trypanosomiases of the Upper Niger, the trypanosomes of birds, Chelonians,

    Alphonse Laveran - Biography

  • Gambia is English, with a purely French trade; the latter is the result of many causes, but especially of the large neighbouring establishments at Goree, Saint Louis de Sénégal, and Saint Joseph de Galam.

    Two Trips to Gorilla Land and the Cataracts of the Congo Volume 1

  • It should have been said that it had been long known that two mighty rivers flowed through the interior of Africa, one called the Gambia and the other the Niger, or Quorra; but whereabouts they rose, or the direction they took, or the nature of the country they traversed in their course, no exact information was possessed.

    Great African Travellers From Mungo Park to Livingstone and Stanley

  • Aunt Cécile with the pink hair is going to drive her clunky orange wagon to Africa; her mission, to transport English books to a bibliothèque* in Gambia.

    French Word-A-Day:

  • In April, my husband and I went to Ottawa for a wedding and there I met up with an old acquaintance whose daughter is in Gambia.

    ProWomanProLife » A Congo solution

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