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

  • An ancient empire of western Africa in present-day Mali. It was founded c. 700 by Berbers and reached the height of its power around 1500.

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  • proper n. Any of a group of closely related languages or dialects centred on the middle stretches of the Niger River in West Africa, and used as a lingua franca in that region.
  • n. Any member of a West African people who speak the Songhai languages.

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

  • n. a Nilo-Saharan language spoken by the Songhai in Mali and Niger

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