Benin: Meaning and Definition of


Pronunciation: (be-nēn"), [key]
— n.
  1. Formerly,a republic in W Africa: formerly part of French West Africa; gained independence in 1960. 3,197,000; 44,290 sq. mi. (114,711 sq. km). Cap.: Porto Novo.
  2. a bay in N Gulf of Guinea in W Africa.
  3. a former native kingdom in W Africa: now incorporated into Nigeria.
  4. a river in S Nigeria, flowing into the Bight of Benin.
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