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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.
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(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
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(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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My mother is half-breed, half Tatar, Russian and Malinke (West African ethnic group) and my father is the native of Africa, his tribe is called "Ibu".
As in his earlier novels, James extends his stories beyond mere narrative to capture the breadth of his world, which draws as much on the great African works of oral poetry, the Songhay Epic of Askia Muhammad and Malinke Epic of Sundiata, and on African fantasy like D.
In this year, the Malinke warrior, Samory Toure was defeated after seven years of war against the imperialists.
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(Antin 1912b, 257; 1912a, 216-17) Alongside a self-mocking remark about her vain reaction when a neighbor finds out from a library advertising about her authorship of "Malinke's Atonement,"" Antin acknowledges, in a letter to Ellery Sedgwick, even if ironically, the propaganda aspects of her autobiographical-fictional productions: "A neighbor of mine saw 'Malinke' very attractively advertised in the public Library.
Founded in the middle of the 13th century by Sundiata Keita, leader of the Malinke people, it reached its apogee in the 14th century.
The conversations were loud and swift, in French or Wolof or Malinke...
That gave me the opportunity to learn different Guinean languages and musical styles--from the Fulani [people] in the North, where I'm from, to the Malinke and the Soussou in the South."
Pictured is a 20th-century anthropomorphic Malinke mask surmounted by a comb.