- a republic in W central Africa, on the Atlantic: settled by the French in 1839; made part of the French Congo in 1888; became independent in 1960; almost wholly forested. Official language: French. Religion: Christian majority; significant animist minority. Currency: franc. Capital: Libreville. Pop: 1 352 000 (2004 est). Area: 267 675 sq km (103 350 sq miles)
Former English spelling: Gaboon
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- Place NamesOfficial name,Gab′onese Repub′lic. a republic in W equatorial Africa: formerly a part of French Equatorial Africa;
member of the French Community. 1,190,159;
102,290 sq. mi. (264,931 sq. km). Cap.: Libreville.
- Place Namesan estuary in W Gabon. ab. 40 mi. (65 km) long.