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

  • A historical region of western and equatorial Africa extending along the coast from Gambia to Angola. Sections of the area from the Bight of Benin westward were known to early traders as the Slave, Gold, Ivory, and Grain Coasts.
  • A country of western Africa on the Atlantic Ocean. Inhabited by Fulani, Malinke, and Susu peoples, parts of present-day Guinea belonged to the medieval kingdom of Ghana and later to the Mali Empire. Explored by the Portuguese in the 15th century, it came under French control in the 19th century, becoming a French colony in 1893 and a part of French West Africa in 1895. Guinea gained its independence in 1958. Conakry is the capital and the largest city. Population: 9,950,000.
  • Gulf ofGuinea A broad inlet of the Atlantic Ocean formed by the great bend in the west-central coast of Africa. It includes the Bights of Benin and Biafra.

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  • proper n. Country in Western Africa. Official name: Republic of Guinea.
  • proper n. Someone of Italian descent in the United States.


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  • We have a guinea pig named Mrs. Nibbles, And she is the cutest nicest pig in Guinea history.

    Grace In Small Things: Part 74 of 365

  • The guinea was first issued in 1663, of Guinea gold.

    The Continental Monthly, Vol 3 No 3, March 1863 Devoted To Literature And National Policy

  • And it came about in this way: A long time ago, when she was a little bit of a girl, she was toddlin 'about the yard with a checked dress on, and one of the neighbors lookin' at her said that she looked exactly like a little guinea chicken, and ever since then we have called her Guinea.

    The Jucklins A Novel

  • And a guinea pig is neither from Guinea nor is it a pig.


  • In this weird English language, greyhounds aren't always grey (or gray), a ladybug is a beetle, guinea pigs are neither pigs nor from Guinea, and a titmouse is neither mammal nor mammaried.

    VERBATIM: The Language Quarterly Vol XI No 4

  • Turkey is actually a misnomer: the Portuguese imported, via Turkey, guinea fowl (after Guinea, Africa), known as turkey cocks; the American birds -- now turkeys -- were erroneously identified with these.

    VERBATIM: The Language Quarterly Vol X No 4

  • All are misnomers: Cleopatra's needle was erected by Thotmes III about 1500 B.C.; forlorn hope is a folk etymology of Dutch verloren hoop, lit. ` lost troop '[cf. Fr enfants perdus]; guinea pigs are rodents native to South America, being neither pigs nor from Guinea; Jerusalem artichokes do not come from Jerusalem, the misnomer being a corruption of It girasole ` sunflower'; meerschaum, lit.

    VERBATIM: The Language Quarterly Vol II No 3

  • (DIP) TURKEY COMMENDS ESTABLISHMENT OF A NATIONAL UNITY GOVERNMENT IN GUINEA ANKARA - Turkey commended the establishment of a national unity government in Guinea.

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  • At length the army emerged into a broader but still barren portion of the pass, the road winding steeply for several miles along a snowy water-course, whence they passed over a plain, which, from the number of guinea fowls found there, obtained the name of "Guinea

    The Three Admirals

  • "The Obama bill is like a guinea pig; it's not from Guinea and it's not a pig.



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