from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A plant (Guizotia abyssinica) of the composite family native to northeast Africa, having yellow flower heads and grown for its oil-rich seeds, often used for birdseed.

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  • noun A herb, Guizotia abyssinica, from Ethiopia, grown for its seed and edible oil.


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

[From earlier niger seed, probably after the Niger River in West Africa, where it is widely grown.]


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  • In rare/antique bookbinding, a soft goatskin with no pronounced grain

    February 20, 2007

  • February 20, 2007

  • Yup, that's the place, all right. Thanks for the visual.

    February 20, 2007

  • Hello guys here is more informations about the country niger

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    February 21, 2007

  • Thanks, mouss. I think I got it.

    February 21, 2007

  • But it's also listed here as a soft goatskin, not just as a country (which would have a capital N at any rate). So... do we have a map of a soft goatskin? .... Anyone? .... Bueller?

    February 21, 2007

  •, I don't have that map on me, unfortunately. But I'm fairly certain that the name for this type/treatment of leather derived from the country of the same name. Another type is morocco, which I'm sure I'll see a map for at some point. ;-)

    February 21, 2007

  • Not unless I can make a semi-offensive pun with it.

    February 21, 2007

  • The tiger is not native to Africa. Fortunately, though, they have a country to rhyme with it, ie. Niger *blushes*

    April 9, 2008

  • Actually, Niger doesn't rhyme with tiger. It is pronounced 'nee-jair'.

    November 9, 2008