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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.

Lozère

[law-zer] /lɔˈzɛr/
noun
1.
a department in S France. 2000 sq. mi. (5180 sq. km).
Capital: Mende.
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Lozère

/French lɔzɛr/
noun
1.
a department of S central France, in Languedoc-Roussillon region. Capital: Mende. Pop: 74 234 (2003 est). Area: 5180 sq km (2020 sq miles)
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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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