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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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I'd like to remind you that Mali has never been at war with the Tuareg who are a community like the Bambaras, Sonrhais, Soninkes, Peuls or the Malinkes. Mali is composed of a multitude of ethnic groups and communities who have always lived together.
<<[???] les griots malinke, les vieux Malinkes, ceux qui ne vendent plus parce que ruines par les Independances>> p.11
The Betes in the Krou division, the Senoufos in the north, and the Malinkes in the northwest and the cities are the next largest groups, with 10%-15% each of the national population.
"Il faut craindre des affrontements opposant un camp compose majoritairement de peulhs et l'autre de malinkes, de gens de la foret et de la basse cote", a indique l'ancien Premier ministre, evoquant "une bipolarisation dangereuse" pour le pays.
attacks on ordinary Malinkes and looting of their businesses.