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 (də-hō′mē, dä-ô-mā′)
See Benin.

Da·ho′me·an (də-hō′mē-ən), Da·ho′man (-mən) adj. & n.


(Placename) the former name (until 1975) of Benin



1. Formerly, Dahomey. a republic in W Africa: formerly part of French West Africa; gained independence in 1960. 6,305,567; 44,290 sq. mi. (114,711 sq. km). Cap.: Porto Novo.
2. Bight of, a bay in N Gulf of Guinea in W Africa.
3. a historic kingdom of W Africa centered in Edo-speaking regions W of the Niger River.
4. a river in S Nigeria flowing into the Bight of Benin.
Be•ni•nese (bəˈnin iz, -is, ˌbɛn əˈniz, -ˈnis) adj., n., pl. -nese.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Dahomey - a country on western coast of AfricaDahomey - a country on western coast of Africa; formerly under French control
capital of Benin, Porto Novo - the capital of Benin in southwestern part of country on a coastal lagoon
Cotonou - chief port of Benin on the Bight of Benin
Africa - the second largest continent; located to the south of Europe and bordered to the west by the South Atlantic and to the east by the Indian Ocean
Niger, Niger River - an African river; flows into the South Atlantic
Beninese - a native or inhabitant of Benin
Ewe - a member of a people living in southern Benin and Togo and southeastern Ghana
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A single farmhouse which I had not seen before is sometimes as good as the dominions of the King of Dahomey.
And the actual direction of the wind was driving him along to the kingdom of Dahomey, among the most savage races, and into the power of a ruler who was in the habit of sacrificing thousands of human victims at his public orgies.
She would have been queen in her own land--and it meant just as much to the cave woman to be a queen in the Stone Age as it does to the woman of today to be a queen now; it's all comparative glory any way you look at it, and if there were only half-naked savages on the outer crust today, you'd find that it would be considerable glory to be the wife a Dahomey chief.
Non, nous n'avons jamais ete amazones du roi du Dahomey, ni princes de Ghana avec huit cent chameaux, ni docteurs a Tombouctou Askia le Grand etant roi, ni architectes de Djenne, ni Mahdis, ni guerriers (38).
In the 44-page booklet that accompanies this CD, full of rare photographs and record covers, Analog Africa introduces three important producers who were collectively responsible for some of the most amazing music released in Benin: Gratien K Aissy of Echos Sonores du Dahomey label, Bernard Dohounzo of Disques Tropiques, Lawani Affissoulayi of Aux Ecoutes, the label behind El Rego & Ses Commandos' fame, as well as an encounter in Niamey with Hon-liasso Barnabe, Poly-Rythmo's producer in Niger.
For example, the Dahomey kingdom that engaged in a long battle against the French reproduced these weapons.
Ranging a period of 1,000 years, the stories tell tales such as the assassination that may have caused the launch of the Spanish Armada in 1588, English abolitionists who campaigned to ban slavery in Britain, women warriors from Dahomey, West Africa, in the nineteenth century, the San Francisco plague in the early twentieth century, and the trial in which a pope dug up the body of another and tried it for perjury and other offenses.
The Last "Darky" presents a series of theoretical explorations of the New Negro movement(s), followed by close readings of the Walker-Williams production In Dahomey and the writings of (arguably Williams-influenced) Jamaican novelist and poet Claude McKay.
The King of Dahomey was reported to have remarked to Governor Abson of the African Company's fort at Whydah: "What hurts me most is that some of your people have maliciously represented us in books that never die, alleging that we sell our wives and children for the sake of a few kegs of brandy.
Perhaps the most important new additions to this volume are In Dahomey (Shipp & Dunbar) and Star of Ethiopia (Du Bois), which allow the reader a firsthand examination of texts by authors who are critical in the development of Black theatre.
By the middle of the 17th century, under their monarch King Houegbadja, the first palace of the Dahomey kingdom was built at Abomey.
1984) has foreclosed all European induced pessimism about the existence of a unitary rallying point of African cultural convergence and homogeneity: Esu Elegbara in Nigeria and Legba among the Fan of Dahomey whose New World figurations - Esu in Brazil, Uchu-Elegua in Cuba,Papa Legba in the pantheon of the Ioa of Voudou in Haiti, and Papa La Bas in the Ioa of Hoodoo in the United States - speak eloquently of the unbroken arc of metaphysical resuppositions and patterns of figuration hared through space and time among the black cultures in West Africa, South America, the Carribean and the United States (286) (6)