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 (mŏm-băs′ə, -bä′sä)
A city of southeast Kenya mainly on Mombasa Island, in the Indian Ocean north of Zanzibar. Visited by Vasco da Gama on his first voyage to India (1498), the island-city was ruled successively by Portugal, Oman, Zanzibar, and Great Britain until the early 1900s.


(Placename) a port in S Kenya, on a coral island in a bay of the Indian Ocean: the chief port for Kenya, Uganda, and NE Tanzania; became British in 1887, capital of the East African Protectorate until 1907. Pop: 828 000 (2005 est)


(mɒmˈbɑ sɑ, -ˈbæs ə)

1. an island in S Kenya.
2. a seaport on this island. 600,000.
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Noun1.Mombasa - a port city in southern Kenya on a coral island in a bay of the Indian OceanMombasa - a port city in southern Kenya on a coral island in a bay of the Indian Ocean
Kenya, Republic of Kenya - a republic in eastern Africa; achieved independence from the United Kingdom in 1963; major archeological discoveries have been made in the Great Rift Valley in Kenya
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The county chiefs are not ready to confront the state because you will be blackmailed like Mombassa Governor Hassan Joho and others,' one governor said.
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He added that the expedition would proceed to the city of Mombassa, Kenya's second largest city, located on the east coast, to examine prospects of carrying out other relief activities there.
Large quantities of Chinese weapons consigned destined to South Sudan were intercepted at Port Mombassa of Kenya in June, throwing in question roles the communist nation plays in the conflict.
The fireworks display, which has as its theme "Shine," was designed by artist Reg Mombassa who painted the sky with different celestial shapes and movements.
Towards this end, President Rajapaksa and President Kenyatta agreed to work to work towards two specific objectives: Establishing direct air links between the two capitals and enhancing links between the Ports of Mombassa, Colombo and Hambantota.
He was one of 32,000 labourers recruited by the British Empire to build a railway from Mombassa on the coast to Lake Victoria.
For the eight days that undercover officers trailed them, the Iranians made several flights between Nairobi and Mombassa.
She is wanted for possessing explosives and conspiring to make bombs, and has been on the run with her three children since she escaped a swoop on terrorist suspects in Mombassa in December.