- a republic in E central Africa: inhabited chiefly by the Hutu, Tutsi, and Twa (Pygmy); made part of German East Africa in 1899; part of the Belgian territory of Ruanda-Urundi from 1923 until it became independent in 1962; ethnic violence has erupted at times between Hutu and Tutsi, as in Rwanda; consists mainly of high plateaus along the main Nile-Congo dividing range, dropping rapidly to the Great Rift Valley in the west. Official languages: Kirundi and French. Religion: Christian majority. Currency: Burundi franc. Capital: Bujumbura. Pop: 7 068 000 (2004 est). Area: 27 731 sq km (10 707 sq miles)
Former name (until 1962): Urundi
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Bu•run•di (bŏŏ rŏŏn′dē),USA pronunciation n.
- Place Namesa republic in central Africa, E of the Democratic Republic of the Congo: formerly the S part of the Belgian trust territory of Ruanda-Urundi;
gained independence on July 1, 1962. 6,052,614;
10,747 sq. mi. (27,834 sq. km). Cap.: Bujumbura.
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Burundi /bəˈrʊndɪ/ n
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