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

  • noun A member of a Mande people inhabiting Gambia, Guinea-Bissau, and Senegal.
  • noun The Mande language of this people.

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  • proper noun A people of West Africa.
  • proper noun The language spoken by these people, of the Mandé group of the Niger-Congo language family.
  • noun A member of this people.

Etymologies

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

[Mandinka Mandiŋka : Mandiŋ, the traditional name of the Mande homeland; see Mande + -ka, person of a certain nationality or tribe.]

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From Mandinka Mandinka ("someone from Mande"), from Mandiŋ ("Mande") + -ka ("inhabitant suffix").

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