American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- A city of southwest Nigeria east of Ibadan. Center of a powerful Yoruba kingdom until the late 17th century, it is an agricultural market with varied industries. Population: 372,000.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The yew.
- n. A plant of the lily family, Cordyline cylindrica (Sansevieria cylindrica of Bojer). Its firm, fleshy, cylindrical leaves are all basal and attain a length of 6 feet The flowers are cream-white tinged with pink, and are borne in fascicles in a raceme a foot or more in length. The plant is a native of tropical Africa and yields from the leaves a strong cordage fiber known as ife hemp.
“There are two towns called Ife and Oshogbo, fairly close to each other; both are magical, with a deep history and culture.”
“He said: Mary worked with Wycliffe in Togo since 1989 where she was part of a team translating the New Testament into a language called Ife.”
“Ife" sampled dance traditions from West Africa and Cuba, with music that included Art Blakey's drumming and Cuban folk vocals.”
“Ife" wigs, as we afterwards saw, are not uncommon in this country, though perhaps not so common as hair wigs at home.”
“A few years back I sent a letter about this very subject... and I received an email from the Provincetown Chamber of Commerce, instructing me to get in touch with them and the police if this happens again... well, it has happened again and again," Ife Franklin of Roxbury, MA wrote me.”
“Stone, terra cotta and metal images of royal figures—and some misshapen commoners—populate "Dynasty and Divinity: Ife Art in Ancient Nigeria," a look at the Yoruba city-state of Ife from the 12th to 15th centuries.”
“One recent arrival is Ife Oyedokun, 26, who this month moved to the Austin area from Philadelphia, where he worked as a high school counselor, to be closer to his family.”
“Oh yeah I remember ... even though I'm not an alumni of Great Ife ..”
“The drumming, the folk songs and the poetry-reciting tracks that provide the work with its colorful rhythms and atmosphere make the "one destination" described in the notes for "Ife/My Heart" a place where the dancing bodies are both grounded and in the clouds.”
“Soon all the experts on African art, including Ife art, will be Europeans and Americans who will be paid or generously funded by the rich American foundations to come and teach us African art.”
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