Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • Formerly (1970-1975) Khmer Republic (kmâr)Cambodia A country of southeast Asia on the Gulf of Thailand. Once part of the Khmer empire that ruled the entire Mekong River valley, the area was controlled after the 15th century by the neighboring kingdoms of Siam and Annam. Cambodia became part of French Indochina in the 19th century and proclaimed its independence as a kingdom in 1953. After the overthrow of the monarchy in 1970, Cambodia commenced a long period of political and social disruption, especially under the Khmer Rouge regime led by Pol Pot, which was responsible for more than a million deaths from 1975 to 1979. The monarchy was restored in 1993. Phnom Penh is the capital and the largest city. Population: 14,000,000.

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  • proper n. A country in Southeast Asia. Official name: Kingdom of Cambodia. Former name: Kampuchea

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  • n. a nation in southeastern Asia; was part of Indochina under French rule until 1946

Etymologies

From French Cambodge and Portuguese Camboja. Both these words are derived from Middle Khmer Kambuja (Modern Khmer, Kampuchea). Ultimately from Sanskrit काम्बोज (kāmbōja, "a tribe mentioned in Hindu scripture"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • CAMBODIA Most famous for its "killing fields" and recurrent strife that ended only recently, Cambodia is also a nation of sensual tropical pleasures: exotic fruits, coarse silks and a cornucopia of rivers and lakes.

    Luxury On the Edge

  • SIEM REAP, CAMBODIA, February 09, 2010/24-7PressRelease/-- Like many other countries around the world, Cambodia observes an official public holiday on International Women's Day.

    The Earth Times Online Newspaper

  • CAMBODIA - Cambodia is alarmed at the illegal import of pigs from the neighboring country of Viet Nam.

    ThePigSite - Global Pig Industry News Feeds

  • CAMBODIA - Pigs sales in Cambodia are almost doubled ahead of Chinese New Year which falls on Sunday, 14 February, compared to other days of the year.

    ThePigSite - Global Pig Industry News Feeds

  • PHNOM PENH, CAMBODIA: Thailand and Cambodia said they have made progress in settling a border dispute that sparked a deadly military confrontation last month.

    My Sinchew -

  • Body Found in Afghanistan May Be Missing Japanese Aid Worker Tang Chhin Sothy/Agence France-Presse-Getty Images CAMBODIA SURGE: A Cambodian woman cut sugarcane Wednesday near a lake in Kandal, Cambodia.

    Today's WSJ in Photos: Aug. 27, 2008

  • y cambodia need international arbitration??? because Cambodia doesn't want to negotiate with crazy thai PM.

    Bangkokpost.com : Breaking News

  • Frances Smith: Khmer Rouge under Pol Pot in Cambodia is probably one of the most horrific examples of socialist regimes that resulted in genocide — it is estimated that about 25 percent of the population were killed as a result of slave labor, purges, and forced marches.

    The Volokh Conspiracy » Competing Explanations for the Oppressive Nature of Socialism

  • Khmer Rouge under Pol Pot in Cambodia is probably one of the most horrific examples of socialist regimes that resulted in genocide — it is estimated that about 25 percent of the population were killed as a result of slave labor, purges, and forced marches.

    The Volokh Conspiracy » Competing Explanations for the Oppressive Nature of Socialism

  • Geoff Ryman's novel The King's Last Song, set in Cambodia, is another brilliant read.

    EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: Anil Menon

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