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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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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.
A single farmhouse which I had not seen before is sometimes as good as the dominions of the King of Dahomey.
Though technically an extant play, In Dahomey is so disjointed, and ran in so many different versions, that Cole and Arzell are essentially rebuilding it, as well as recontextualizing the material by adding current references to black culture.
Sara was just five when she was captured and made a slave by the merciless King of Dahomey in 1848.
Aged just five, she was captured by the King of Dahomey in 1848 and destined for human sacrifice.
by Madnomad The last place to visit in Benin was Abomey, once being the capital of the Dahomey Kingdom.
This article reports on the early period of French colonial rule of the area that is now South-Western Niger - a strategically important area with respect to territorial competition among the French colonies of Dahomey and Soudan (later the colonies of Senegambia and Niger) as well as the British colony of Nigeria.
Obichere specialized in West African history with a particular focus on African military history, African and African-American relations, African political leadership, Pan-Africanism, and the history of Nigeria, Asante, and Dahomey.
They are Matt Daly, Jordan Eli, Scott High, Ben Jackson, Ben Mills, Saul Milovanovic, Micah Obiero, Mason O'Malley, Dahomey Raymond and Jordan Thomas.
Army Air corps aboard a B-17 during World War II and later graduated from Yale and joined USIA, serving in Algeria, Cameroon, French Dahomey, Ivory Coast and Pakistan.
But five years later, her village was raided by those infamous female Amazons of Dahomey (today's Benin Republic).