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Subject: Zaire...
Author: Ivayla   (guest)
Date: September 10, 2004 at 10:58:54 AM
Reply to: Looking for origins on several names by RachelChristine
as you noted, is the old name of the DR of Congo. It comes from the word "zaire" which is the Portugese variant of the Bantu nzari = river.
The first European explorers thought the river Congo was named Zaire. It was only later that they learned that nzari was the actual word for "river" and the name of that particular nzari was Congo.

[Also DR = democratic republic, though my limited experience shows that when a country puts Democratic in its name, one has to be suspicious]

For more African Geographic Names:

Osbaldo and Osvaldo are the Spanish equivalents of Oswald. Oswaldo is not Spanish for sure, but I have no clue as to what it is

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