A republic in eastern africa bounded on the north by rwanda and on the south by tanzania. It was formerly called urundi. Its capital is bujumbura. With ruanda it was part of the belgian trust territory of ruanda-urundi from 1919 to 1962 when it was divided into two independent countries, burundi and rwanda. The name comes from the name of the people, the barundi: ba- is the prefix for the people, bu- is the prefix for the country.
(12 Dec 1998)
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