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1. One of a group of people of African ancestry inhabiting the Sea Islands and coastal areas of South Carolina, Georgia, and northern Florida.
2. The creolized language of the Gullahs, based on English but including vocabulary elements and grammatical features from several African languages and spoken in isolated communities from Georgetown in eastern South Carolina to northern Florida.
[Perhaps alteration of Angola or from Gola, a people of Sierra Leone and Liberia.]
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npl -lahs or -lah
1. (Peoples) a member of a Negroid people living on the Sea Islands or in the coastal regions of South Carolina, Georgia, and NE Florida
2. (Languages) the creolized English spoken by these people
Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged, 12th Edition 2014 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2014
1. a member of any of the communities of blacks that formerly comprised the principal population of the Sea Islands and adjacent coastal areas of South Carolina and Georgia.
2. the English-based creole spoken by the Gullahs.
[1730–40; of uncertain orig.; variously identified with Angola or the Gola, a Liberian ethnic group]
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