geographical name
Ken·​ya | \ ˈke-nyə How to pronounce Kenya (audio) , ˈkē- How to pronounce Kenya (audio) \
variants: or formerly British East Africa

Definition of Kenya

republic in eastern Africa bordering on the Indian Ocean to the east and Lake Victoria to the west, crossed by the Equator, and having the Great Rift Valley running north–south through its western part; a member of the Commonwealth of Nations; formerly a British crown colony and protectorate; capital Nairobi area 224,081 square miles (580,367 square kilometers), population 48,398,000

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Kenyan \ ˈke-​nyən How to pronounce Kenya (audio) , ˈkē-​ \ adjective or noun

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“Kenya.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Oct. 2021.

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