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

  • Formerly Up·per Vol·ta (ŭpˈər vŏlˈtə, vōlˈ-, vôlˈ-)Burkina Faso A landlocked country of western Africa. It was a French protectorate from 1896 until 1960, when it gained its independence. The name of the country was officially changed in 1984. Ouagadougou is the capital and the largest city. Population: 14,300,000.

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  • proper n. A country in Western Africa (formerly Upper Volta). Official name: Burkina Faso.

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  • n. a desperately poor landlocked country in western Africa; was formerly Upper Volta under French rule but gained independence in 1960

Etymologies

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More burkina ("honest") + Dioula faso ("father's house"), coined by Thomas Sankara.

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