What is guinea?

  • (noun): A former British gold coin worth 21 shillings.
    See also — Additional definitions below


Guinea i/ˈɡɪni/, officially the Republic of Guinea (French: République de Guinée), is a country in West Africa. Formerly known as French Guinea (Guinée française), it is today sometimes called Guinea-Conakry to distinguish it from its neighbour Guinea-Bissau and the Republic of Equatorial Guinea. It has a population of 10,057,975 and an area of 246,000 square kilometres (94,981 sq mi). Forming a crescent as it curves from its western border on the Atlantic Ocean toward the east and the south, it shares its northern border with Guinea-Bissau, Senegal, and Mali, and its southern border with Sierra Leone, Liberia, and Côte d'Ivoire. The sources of the Niger River, Gambia River, and Senegal River are all found in the Guinea Highlands.

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More definitions of "guinea":

  • (noun): A republic in eastern Africa on the Atlantic; formerly a French colony; achieved independence from France in 1958.
    Synonyms: Republic of Guinea, French Guinea
  • (noun): Offensive terms for a person of Italian descent.
    Synonyms: wop, dago, greaseball
  • (noun): A west African bird having dark plumage mottled with white; native to Africa but raised for food in many parts of the world.
    Synonyms: guinea fowl, Numida meleagris

Famous quotes containing the word guinea:

    To the eyes of a miser a guinea is more beautiful than the sun, and a bag worn with the use of money has more beautiful proportions than a vine filled with grapes.
    William Blake (1757–1827)

    We’re all of us guinea pigs in the laboratory of God. Humanity is just a work in progress.
    Tennessee Williams (1914–1983)