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- (historical) a name used to refer to the area now called Zimbabwe, officially introduced in 1901. Named after Cecil Rhodes, its founder. A self-governing colony of Britain from 1923, its government began to refer to itself simply as Rhodesia in 1964, when Northern Rhodesia became Zambia. The name Zimbabwe was adopted in 1980.
former name of what is now Zimbabwe