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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • A country of western Africa. The site of several powerful states, including the Mali (flourished 14th century) and the Songhai (flourished 15th-16th century), Mali became part of French West Africa in the 19th century and achieved independence in 1960. Bamako is the capital and the largest city. Population: 12,000,000.

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  • proper n. Country in Western Africa. Official name: Republic of Mali.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a landlocked republic in northwestern Africa; achieved independence from France in 1960; Mali was a center of West African civilization for more than 4,000 years

Etymologies

Inherits its name from the Mali Empire, in turn from Mandinka or Bambara mali ("hippopotamus"). (Wiktionary)

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