Somaliland

geographical name
So·​ma·​li·​land | \ sō-ˈmä-lē-ˌland How to pronounce Somaliland (audio) , sə- \

Definition of Somaliland

1 historical region of eastern Africa between the Equator and the Gulf of Aden that comprises Somalia, Djibouti, and the Ogaden region of eastern Ethiopia
2 self-proclaimed independent republic (since May 1991) in the northwestern part of Somalia roughly equivalent to the area that was once British Somaliland

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“Somaliland.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Somaliland. Accessed 16 Apr. 2021.

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