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A country of extreme eastern Africa on the Gulf of Aden and the Indian Ocean. Arab and Persian traders established outposts in the region starting in the 7th century. European colonization began in the late 19th century, with hegemony over the region passing several times between Britain and Italy before the establishment of the independent republic of Somalia in 1960. A coup in 1969 led to military rule, which collapsed in 1991 with the outbreak of a civil war. In subsequent years, no single faction succeeded in establishing a unified government over the country. Mogadishu is the capital and the largest city.
So·ma′li·an adj. & n.
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1. (Placename) of or relating to Somalia or its inhabitants
2. (Peoples) of or relating to Somalia or its inhabitants
(Peoples) a native or inhabitant of Somalia
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|Noun||1.||Somalian - a member of a tall dark (mostly Muslim) people inhabiting Somalia|
Somalia - a republic in extreme eastern Africa on the Somali peninsula; subject to tribal warfare
African - a native or inhabitant of Africa
|Adj.||1.||Somalian - of or relating to the African republic of Somalia or its people or their language and culture; "Somali coffee is excellent"|
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