Definition of Benin

1. Noun. A country on western coast of Africa; formerly under French control.

Exact synonyms: Dahomey, Republic Of Benin
Generic synonyms: African Country, African Nation
Terms within: Capital Of Benin, Porto Novo, Cotonou, Niger, Niger River
Group relationships: Africa
Member holonyms: Beninese, Ewe

Definition of Benin

1. Proper noun. A country in Western Africa. Official name: Republic of Benin. ¹

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Medical Definition of Benin

1. A republic in western africa, south of niger and between togo and nigeria. Its capital is porto-novo. It was formerly called dahomey. In the 17th century it was a kingdom in the southern area of africa. Coastal footholds were established by the french who deposed the ruler by 1892. It was made a french colony in 1894 and gained independence in 1960. Benin comes from the name of the indigenous inhabitants, the bini, now more closely linked with southern nigeria (benin city, a town there). Bini may be related to the arabic bani, sons. (12 Dec 1998)

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Literary usage of Benin

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1. Publications by Folklore Society (Great Britain) (1902)
"benin was visited by Sir Richard Burton and by Captain HL Galloway. ... The unfortunate armed expedition into benin in 1896, from which only two men escaped ..."

2. The Geographical Journal by Royal Geographical Society (Great Britain). (1893)
"THE part of the world that I am going to speak about is the benin country. ... It is extraordinary how little appears to be known about the benin country. ..."

3. Report of the Annual Meeting (1899)
"Ancient Works of Art from benin City. By CH READ, FSA benin is an inland city, ... It •was thus possible that in benin might be found some relics of the ..."

4. History of the Negro Race in America from 1619 to 1880: Negroes as Slaves by George Washington Williams (1882)
"benin. THE vast territory stretching from the Volta River on the west to the Niger in the Gulf of benin on the east, the Atlantic Ocean on the south, ..."

5. The American Antiquarian and Oriental Journal by Stephen Denison Peet (1900)
"The largest collection of the benin bronzes is no doubt that at the British Museum; ... Read and Dalton present a summary of our knowledge of benin City. ..."

6. Proceedings by Royal Geographical Society (Great Britain), Norton Shaw, Francis Galton, William Spottiswoode, Clements Robert Markham, Henry Walter Bates, John Scott Keltie (1890)
"They speak, however, a distinct language, as I venture to think from a comparison of Yoruba and benin vocabularies which I formed, to the extent of three or ..."

7. The Encyclopaedia Britannica: A Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, Literature and (1910)
"The general course of the benin is westerly. It enters the Atlantic in about 5° 46' N., 5° 3' E., and at its mouth is 2 m. wide. It is here obstructed by a ..."

8. Harvard African Studies by African Dept (1917)
"benin ANTIQUITIES IN THE PEABODY MUSEUM EA HOOTON, PH. ... The objects here described 1 constitute a collection from the city of benin, West Africa, ..."

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