Burkina-faso definition

bər-kēnə fäsō
A landlocked country of western Africa. It was a French protectorate from 1896 until 1960, when it gained its independence. The name of the country was officially changed in 1984. Ouagadougou is the capital and the largest city.
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(place) Country in W Africa, north of Ghana: under French control from 1895, it became independent (as Upper Volta) in 1960: 105,869 sq mi (274,200 sq km); cap. Ouagadougou.
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A country in Western Africa (formerly Upper Volta). Official name: Burkina Faso.
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Origin of burkina-faso

  • More burkina (“honest”) + Dyula faso (“father's house”), coined by Thomas Sankara.

    From Wiktionary