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(Languages) the language of the Luba people, used as a trade language in the Democratic Republic of Congo. See Luba
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n., pl. -bas, (esp. collectively) -ba.
1. a member of an African people of the SE Democratic Republic of the Congo who formed the nucleus of a succession of states in the region from the 17th through the 19th centuries.
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