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Mende

[men-dee] /ˈmɛn di/
noun, plural Mendes (especially collectively) Mende for 1.
1.
a member of a people living in Sierra Leone and Liberia.
2.
a Niger-Congo language of the Mande branch spoken by the Mende people.
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Mendes

/ˈmɛndɛz/
noun
1.
Sam(uel) (Alexander). born 1965, British theatre and film director, who made his name as artistic director of the Donmar Warehouse, London (1992–2002) before directing the films American Beauty (1999), The Road to Perdition (2002), Revolutionary Road (2008), and Skyfall (2012)
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Mende

people of Sierra Leone, including also a small group in Liberia; they speak a language of the Mande branch of the Niger-Congo family. The Mende grow rice as their staple crop, as well as yams and cassava. Cash crops include cocoa, ginger, peanuts (groundnuts), and palm oil and kernels. They practice shifting agriculture, with the heads of kin groups allocating land to individual households, which perform most of the work. Men fell trees and clear the fields, and women weed

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