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

  • noun A large and widely dispersed language family of sub-Saharan Africa that includes the Mande, Atlantic, and Volta-Congo branches.

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  • proper noun linguistics A major language family of sub-Saharan Africa noted for the use of a noun class system.

Etymologies

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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.

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