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 Dictionary entry overview: What does South Africa mean? 

  The noun SOUTH AFRICA has 1 sense:

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

  Familiarity information: SOUTH AFRICA used as a noun is very rare.

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A republic at the southernmost part of Africa; achieved independence from the United Kingdom in 1910; first European settlers were Dutch (known as Boers)

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Nouns denoting spatial position


Republic of South Africa; South Africa

Instance hypernyms:

African country; African nation (countries occupying the African continent)

Meronyms (parts of "South Africa"):

Free State; Orange Free State (a province in central South Africa that was colonized by the Boers; named Free State in 1997)

Soweto (a large collection of African townships southwest of Johannesburg in South Africa; inhabited solely by Black Africans)

Bloemfontein (the seat of the supreme court)

Cape Colony; Cape of Good Hope Province; Cape Province (a former province of southern South Africa that was settled by the Dutch in 1652 and ceded to Great Britain in 1814; in 1994 it was split into three new provinces of South Africa)

Transvaal (a province of northeastern South Africa originally inhabited by Africans who spoke Bantu; colonized by the Boers)

Durban (a port city in eastern South Africa on the Indian Ocean; resort and industrial center)

Kimberley (city in central South Africa; center for diamond mining and diamond marketing)

Johannesburg (city in the northeastern part of South Africa near Pretoria; commercial center for diamond and gold industries)

Cape Town (port city in southwestern South Africa; the seat of the legislative branch of the government of South Africa)

capital of South Africa; Pretoria (city in the Transvaal; the seat of the executive branch of the government of South Africa)

KwaZulu-Natal; Natal (a region of eastern South Africa on the Indian Ocean)

Crocodile River; Limpopo (an African river; flows into the Indian Ocean)

Orange; Orange River (a river in South Africa that flows generally westward to the Atlantic Ocean)

Kalahari; Kalahari Desert (a desert in southwestern Africa - largely Botswana)

Meronyms (members of "South Africa"):

South African (a native or inhabitant of South Africa)

Domain member region:

kopje; koppie (a small hill rising up from the African veld)

caffer; caffre; kaffir; kafir (an offensive term for any Black African)

trek (a journey by ox wagon (especially an organized migration by a group of settlers))

Qibla (a small terrorist group of Muslims in South Africa formed in the 1980s; was inspired by Ayatollah Khomeini to create an Islamic state in South Africa)

PAGAD; People against Gangsterism and Drugs (a terrorist organization in South Africa formed in 1996 to fight drug lords; evolved into a vigilante group with anti Western views closely allied with Qibla; is believed to have ties to Islamic extremists in the Middle East; is suspected of conducting bouts of urban terrorism)

biltong (meat that is salted and cut into strips and dried in the sun)

laager; lager (a camp defended by a circular formation of wagons)

mealie (an ear of corn)

Holonyms ("South Africa" is a part of...):

Africa (the second largest continent; located south of Europe and bordered to the west by the South Atlantic and to the east by the Indian Ocean)

Holonyms ("South Africa" is a member of...):

British Commonwealth; Commonwealth of Nations (an association of nations consisting of the United Kingdom and its dependencies and many former British colonies that are now sovereign states but owe allegiance to the British Crown)

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