Not saying the answer should be changed or anything. Just explaining how my mind worked and how a certain description can make you think in a specific direction.
It's doesn't have its own entry in a dictionary because it's not a word, it's 2 words contracted.
In 1970, they replaced the Queen with a President as head of state, hence the prefix "Republic of". In 1978, they drafted a new constitution and became known as Zimbabwe-Rhodesia.
However, the United Kingdom along with most of the international community never recognized any of these actions, and in 1979, after the Rhodesian Bush War, the state reverted to being the british colony of Southern Rhodesia. In 1980, Mugabe became prime minister, Southern Rhodesia became Zimbabwe, and independence was recognized by the UK.
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