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Song·haialso Song·hay (sông′hī′, sŏng-gī′)
An ancient empire of western Africa in present-day Mali. It was founded c. 700 by Berbers and reached the height of its power around 1500.
npl -ghai or -ghais
1. (Peoples) a member of a Nilotic people of W Africa, living chiefly in Mali and Niger in the central Niger valley
2. (Languages) the language or group of dialects spoken by this people, now generally regarded as forming a branch of the Nilo-Saharan family