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1. A member of a West African people primarily inhabiting coastal Senegal.
2. The Atlantic language of this people, widely used as a lingua franca in Senegal.

[Wolof wɔlɔf.]
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npl -of or -ofs
1. (Peoples) a member of a Negroid people of W Africa living chiefly in Senegal
2. (Languages) the language of this people, belonging to the West Atlantic branch of the Niger-Congo family
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(ˈwoʊ lɒf)
n., pl. -lofs, (esp. collectively) -lof.
1. a member of an African people of Senegambia.
2. the West Atlantic language of the Wolof.
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Noun1.Wolof - the West African language of the Wolof in Senegal; related to Fula
West African - a group of languages spoken in the extreme western part of West Africa
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References in periodicals archive ?
Une attention particuliere a ete attribuee aux deux ethnies dominantes de la zone : les Wolofs et les Peuls chez lesquels les connaissances et les usages sur la plante ont ete compares.
Leurs utilisations sont plus diversifiees chez les Peulh que chez les Wolof. La voie d'administration generalement preconisee est la voie orale.
In 1521, enslaved Wolofs, African Mulsims from the Senegambia region, contested their enslavement seeking to band with Bahoruco maroons.
In 1521 on Christmas Eve, twenty mostly Wolof launched the first major Black insurrection in the Atlantic world on the sugar estate, La Isabela, owned by the colonial governor, Diego Columbus (Franco 14-15; Andujar 69; Guitar 49).
The first rebellion began with the Wolofs. The author, however, fails to mention that these Wolofs were Muslim (i.e., 'Islamicized' Africans), which some scholars argue induced the psychological and spiritual desire to rebel.
The Wolofs say: "The bond between men who have been circumcised in the same group is the bond that God approves most".
Depuis 1992, l'arabe est la seule langue officielle, tout en etant considere comme langue nationale, a l'instar du soninke, du pulaar et du wolof. Le francais, pour sa part, demeure aussi tres utilise.