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NYANZA (from the ancient Bantu root word anza, a river or lake), the Bantu name for any sheet or stream of water of considerable size; especially applied to the great lakes of east Central Africa. The word is variously spelt, and the form " Nyasa " has become the proper name of a particular lake. Nyanza is the spelling used in designating the great lakes which are the main reservoirs of the river Nile.

Note - this article incorporates content from Encyclopaedia Britannica, Eleventh Edition, (1910-1911)

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