Pronunciation: (sō-mä'lē-u, -mäl'yu), [key]
an independent republic on the E coast of Africa, formed from the former British Somaliland and the former Italian Somaliland. 3,400,000; 246,198 sq. mi. (637,653 sq. km). Cap.: Mogadishu. Official name, Soma'li Democrat'ic Repub'lic.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.