from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A large and widely dispersed language family of sub-Saharan Africa that includes the Mande, West Atlantic, and Central Niger-Congo branches.
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- proper n. A major language family of sub-Saharan Africa noted for the use of a noun class system.
Coined in the 1950s by w:Joseph Greenberg, from the name of the two principal rivers in the area this language family is spoken, the Niger River and the Congo River. (Wiktionary)