Etymology
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South Africa

1815 as a name for a distinct region that had been partly settled by Europeans; 1910 as the name of a nation.

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Definitions of South Africa

South Africa (n.)
a republic at the southernmost part of Africa; achieved independence from the United Kingdom in 1910; first European settlers were Dutch (known as Boers);
Synonyms: Republic of South Africa
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