Pronunciation: (gī-an'u, -ä'nu), [key]
an independent republic on the NE coast of South America: a former British protectorate; gained independence 1966; member of the Commonwealth of Nations. 800,000; 82,978 sq. mi. (214,913 sq. km). Cap.: Georgetown. Formerly, British Guiana. See map under Guiana.
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