Berber

Berber

[bur-ber]
noun
1.
a member of a group of North African tribes living in Barbary and the Sahara.
2.
a subfamily of Afro-Asiatic, consisting of the languages of the Berbers, including Tuareg and Kabyle.
adjective
3.
of or pertaining to the Berbers or their language.

Origin:
1835–45; < Arabic barbar < Greek bárbaros; see barbarous

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Berber (ˈbɜːbə)
 
n
1.  a member of a Caucasoid Muslim people of N Africa
2.  the language of this people, forming a subfamily of the Afro-Asiatic family of languages. There are extensive differences between dialects
 
adj
3.  of or relating to this people or their language

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Berber
1842, from Arabic name for aboriginal people west and south of Egypt; perhaps ultimately from Gk. barbaros "barbarians" (see Barbary).
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