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Man·de

 (män′dā′)
n. pl. Mande or Man·des
1. A branch of the Niger-Congo language family, spoken in the upper Niger River valley.
2. A member of a Mande-speaking people. In both senses also called Mandingo.

[Ultimately from Mandiŋ, Mandeŋ, Mandẽ, the traditional name for the Mande homeland in various Mande languages.]
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Mande

(ˈmɑːndeɪ)
n, pl -de or -des
(Languages) a group of African languages, a branch of the Niger-Congo family, spoken chiefly in Mali, Guinea, and Sierra Leone
adj
(Languages) of or relating to this group of languages
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Man•de

(ˈmɑn deɪ)

n., pl. -des, (esp. collectively) -de.
1. a language family of W Africa, a branch of the Niger-Congo family, primarily spoken in Mali, Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia, and the Ivory Coast.
2. a member of any of the peoples who speak these languages.
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Noun1.Mande - a group of African languages in the Niger-Congo group spoken from Senegal east as far as the Ivory CoastMande - a group of African languages in the Niger-Congo group spoken from Senegal east as far as the Ivory Coast
Niger-Congo - a family of African language spoken in west Africa
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