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

  • Formerly E·lis·a·beth·ville (ĭ-lĭzˈə-bəth-vĭlˌ)Lubumbashi A city of southeast Congo (formerly Zaire) near the Zambia border. Founded in 1910, it was the center of a secessionist state during the 1960-1963 civil war. Population: 1,280,000.

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  • proper n. A large city in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

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  • n. a city in southeastern Congo near the border with Zambia; a copper mining center; former name (until 1966) was Elisabethville


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  • While working in Lubumbashi, my companion was your book about the way our brain can fail to perceive the most obvious objects.

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  • Many Chinese fortune seekers had hired African work gangs to dig for copper, sometimes even in Lubumbashi’s red-clay streets.

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  • Gilbert Malemba N’Sakila, a former law-school dean in Lubumbashi, expressed similar doubts: The Chinese are not even making use of Congolese talent.

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  • This question, which one hears almost everywhere, was addressed most powerfully by the Congolese lawyer I met in Lubumbashi.

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  • Evidence of Chinese industry is not hard to find in Lubumbashi.

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  • Forces of the Alliance of Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Congo-Zaire seized Kasenga, 220 kilometers (137 miles) northeast of Lubumbashi, which is the capital of the mineral-rich Shaba region, rebel spokesman Ngembwe Kazadi said from Dar es Salaam,

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  • Seko, closed in on Lubumbashi, which is near the border.

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  • RCD Secretary General Azarias Ruberwa said a week ago the national dialogue could just as well be held in any demilitarised Congolese town, such as Lubumbashi, Mbuji-Mayi, Kinshasa or Mbandaka.

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  • Beijing’s giant construction package, of course, is on an entirely different scale than the fly-by-night mine operations that have come and gone in Lubumbashi.

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  • In the center of Lubumbashi, just off the roundabout with the old locomotive, I met with Kalej Nkand, director of the Congolese Central Bank for Katanga province.

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