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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.]

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

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.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
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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They share cultural similarities with the Mande peoples to their west ...
That novel opens with a map of Africa showing the Mande peoples situated in the continent.
Focusing primarily on the religious, philosophical, and visual paradigms of the Yoruba, Kongo, and Mande peoples, Thompson identified how these traditions have been creatively transformed by the African Diaspora in the altars of Santeria and palo mayombe, religions which originated in Cuba, candomble from Brazil, and Vodun from Haiti, among others.