Benin

geographical name
Be·​nin | \ bə-ˈnēn How to pronounce Benin (audio) , -ˈnin; ˈbe-nin \

Definition of Benin

1 river about 100 miles (161 kilometers) long in southern Nigeria west of the Niger River flowing into the Bight of Benin
2 former kingdom of western Africa on the lower Niger River; incorporated into Nigeria after 1897
3 or formerly Dahomey \ də-​ˈhō-​mē How to pronounce Benin (audio) \ country of western Africa on the Gulf of Guinea; a republic, formerly a territory of French West Africa; official capital Porto-Novo, seat of government Cotonou area 43,484 square miles (112,622 square kilometers), population 11,341,000
4 or Benin City city in the western delta of the Niger River, southwestern Nigeria population 202,800

Other Words from Benin

Beninese \ bə-​ˌni-​ˈnēz How to pronounce Benin (audio) , -​ˌnē-​ , -​ˈnēs ; ˌbe-​ni-​ˈnēz , -​ˈnēs \ adjective or noun

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“Benin.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Benin. Accessed 21 Jun. 2021.

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