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 (fo͞o′lä′nē, fo͞o-lä′-) also Fu·la (fo͞o′lə)
n. pl. Fulani or Fu·la·nis also Fula or Fu·las
1. A member of a pastoral, largely Muslim people inhabiting parts of West Africa from northern Nigeria to Mali and the Atlantic coast.
2. The Atlantic language of this people, widely used as a lingua franca in West Africa.


(ˈfuːlə) or


npl -la, -las, -lah or -lahs
1. (Peoples) a member of a pastoral nomadic people of W and central Africa, living chiefly in the sub-Sahara region from Senegal to N Cameroon: a racial mixture of light-skinned Berber peoples of the North and darker-skinned W Africans
2. (Languages) the language of this people; Fulani


(ˈfu lɑ ni, fʊˈlɑ-)

n., pl. -nis, (esp. collectively) -ni.
1. a member of a traditionally pastoral African people living in communities between the Sahara and the forest zone from Senegal and Mauritania E to Cameroon and Chad.
2. the West Atlantic language of the Fulani.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Fula - a member of a pastoral and nomadic people of western AfricaFula - a member of a pastoral and nomadic people of western Africa; they are traditionally cattle herders of Muslim faith
African - a native or inhabitant of Africa
2.Fula - a family of languages of the Fulani of West Africa and used as a lingua franca in the sub-Saharan regions from Senegal to Chad; the best known of the West African languages
West African - a group of languages spoken in the extreme western part of West Africa
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She has been captured by the Foulah prince Zanta Benrada who has fallen hopelessly in love with her.
Cela s'est verifie lors du precedent tour lorsqu'ils avaient connu quelques frayeurs face au representant tchadien Foulah Edifice.
5) Other significant indigenous groups include the Kono, Koranko, Bullom, Susu, Foulah, Loko, Mandingo, Kissi, and Yalunka.