Mande

Mande

[mahn-dey]
noun
1.
a branch of the Niger-Congo subfamily of languages, spoken in western Africa and including Mende, Malinke, Bambara, and Kpelle.
2.
a member of any of the peoples who speak these languages.
Also called Mandingo.
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Mande (ˈmɑːndeɪ)
 
n , pl -de, -des
1.  a group of African languages, a branch of the Niger-Congo family, spoken chiefly in Mali, Guinea, and Sierra Leone
 
adj
2.  of or relating to this group of languages

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mande

group of peoples of western Africa, whose various Mande languages form a branch of the Niger-Congo language family. The Mande are located primarily on the savanna plateau of the western Sudan, although small groups of Mande origin, whose members no longer exhibit Mande cultural traits, are found scattered elsewhere, as in the tropical rain forests of Sierra Leone, Liberia, and the Cote d'Ivoire. Some of the most well-known Mande groups are the Bambara, Malinke, and Soninke (qq.v.).

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