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A country of west-central Africa on the Atlantic Ocean. Previously inhabited by Pygmy and then Bantu-speaking peoples, the region was visited by the Portuguese in 1472 and settled by the French in 1841. It became part of French Equatorial Africa in 1910 and achieved independence in 1960. Libreville is the capital.
Gabon(ɡəˈbɒn; French ɡabɔ̃)
(Placename) a republic in W central Africa, on the Atlantic: settled by the French in 1839; made part of the French Congo in 1888; became independent in 1960; almost wholly forested. Official language: French. Religion: Christian majority; significant animist minority. Currency: franc. Capital: Libreville. Pop: 1 640 286 (2013 est). Area: 267 675 sq km (103 350 sq miles). Former English spelling: Gaboon
1. Official name, Gab′onese Repub′lic. a republic in W equatorial Africa: formerly a part of French Equatorial Africa; member of the French Community. 1,225,853; 102,290 sq. mi. (264,931 sq. km). Cap.: Libreville.
2. an estuary in W Gabon. ab. 40 mi. (65 km) long.
Gab•o•nese (ˌgæb əˈniz, -ˈnis, ˌgɑ bə-) adj., n., pl. -nese.
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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
Gabonese - a native or inhabitant of Gabon