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

  • Formerly Ru·an·da (ro͞o-änˈdə)Rwanda A country of east-central Africa. By the late 18th century the region was the site of a Tutsi kingdom inhabited principally by Hutus. In 1890 it became part of German East Africa and later (1919) part of the Belgian League of Nations mandate of Ruanda-Urundi. Rwanda achieved independence from Belgium in 1962. In 1990 the country was invaded by the Rwandan Patriotic Front, a group largely composed of exiled Tutsis, which signed a peace agreement with the government in 1992. Ethnic fighting broke out again in 1994, and with the assassination of the president, the Hutu government initiated a campaign of genocide. It is estimated that 800,000 people were murdered before the Rwandan Patriotic Front seized control of the government 100 days later. Many Rwandan Hutus fled to the Democratic Republic of the Congo, leading to ongoing conflict between the two countries. Kigali is the capital and largest city. Population: 9,910,000.

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  • proper n. A country in Eastern Africa.
  • proper n. A Bantu language of Rwanda; also known as Kinyarwanda.

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

  • n. a landlocked republic in central Africa; formerly a German colony


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Kinyarwanda rwanda ("domain, literally area occupied by a swarm")



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