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n. pl. Malinke or Ma·lin·kes
1. A member of a Mande people of Senegal and Gambia.
2. The Mande language of this people.


(məˈlɪŋkɪ) or


npl -ke or -kes
1. (Peoples) a member of a Negroid people of W Africa, living chiefly in Guinea and Mali, noted for their use of cowrie shells as currency
2. (Languages) the language of this people, belonging to the Mande branch of the Niger-Congo family


(məˈlɪŋ keɪ, -ki)

n., pl. -kes, (esp. collectively) -ke.
1. a member of an African people of Senegambia, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, the Ivory Coast, and Mali.
2. a group of dialects, varying in mutual intelligibility, of the Mande language shared by the Malinke, Bambara, and other peoples.
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But in an attempt to defuse tensions between his mostly ethnic Peuhl supporters and those drawn from Conde's Malinke community, Diallo said on Saturday he would participate in the presidential election.
Languages: French, Bambara, Fufulde, Dogon, Maraka, Malinke, other indigenous languages
Le royaume de Segou, qui peut etre considere comme le lointain heritier des grands empires medievaux, domina a certaines periodes comprises entre 1710 et 1860 environ, le pays malinke du nord de la Guinee et de la Cote d'Ivoire actuelles, et au Mali actuel, la vallee du Niger jusqu'au nord de Tombouctou.
Conde's victory in the elections was by the narrowest of margins, but it was all the more remarkable as he comes from the Malinke ethnic group, which makes up 35% of the population.
The distinction is also often upheld in World Literature anthologies, where Greek epics are assigned to the singular genius (of) Homer, while the Sundiata epic is attributed to the Malinke people as a group, represented by a griot.
Malinke in his book, Color; Environment and Human Response, offers guidelines specifically for integrating color in the educational environment.
The ruling party draws on the Malinke community for much of its support while the opposition is dominated by the Peul ethnic group.
25) His research examined the African origins of Gullah--did Gullah in sounds and words embody elements from Yoruba, Ibo, Hausa, Fante, Malinke, Wolof, and the like?
Foday Musa Suso grew up in Gambia, Africa, in a family of Malinke musicians.
The deaths came after reports that four people were killed in an attack late Thursday in the Kokoma district of Duekoue, inhabited mostly by ethnic Malinke.
Kora's silky vocal stylings meander over a wide range, from French to languages not often heard on Beirut stages -- apparently including Malinke, Peul and Sousou.
The Bambara, Malinke, and Dogon are farmers; the Fulani, Maur, and Tuareg are herders; the Soninkes or Saracoles are traders; while the Bozo are fishers.