from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- A country of southeast Africa. Center of the widespread Malawi kingdom from the 15th to the late 18th century, the region became a British protectorate in 1891 and was known as Nyasaland from 1907 until 1964. It joined Northern and Southern Rhodesia (now Zambia and Zimbabwe) in a federation from 1953 to 1963 and became independent as Malawi in 1964. Lilongwe is the capital and Blantyre the largest city. Population: 13,600,000.
- LakeMalawi See Lake Nyasa.
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- proper n. Country in Southern Africa. Official name: Republic of Malawi.
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- n. a landlocked republic in southern central Africa; achieved independence from the United Kingdom in 1964
Said to be from Chichewa malawi, flames, after the appearance of the sunrise over Lake Malawi; also possibly from Maravi, the name of an early Malawi tribe, or from an old name for a lake. Chosen by Hastings Banda in 1964. (Wiktionary)