- a continent S of Europe and between the Atlantic and Indian oceans. About 11,700,000 sq. mi. (30,303,000 sq. km).
Examples from the Web for africa
While the world fixated on Ukraine and Syria, a near-genocide ripped through central Africa, to little international fanfare.The Year’s Most Forgotten Humanitarian Crisis
January 1, 2015
Egypt has a comparatively low number of HIV cases compared to the rest of Africa, with just 11,000 infected people nationwide.Sisi Is Persecuting, Prosecuting, and Publicly Shaming Egypt’s Gays
December 30, 2014
Rebels in Africa trade in children to fund their conflicts and obtain child soldiers.ISIS, Boko Haram, and the Growing Role of Human Trafficking in 21st Century Terrorism
Louise I. Shelley
December 26, 2014
Despite the obvious ongoing problems with disease and access to basics, the future of Africa is bright.
Whatever the future holds for Africa, optimism certainly abounds.
There was none to speak of left now except in Africa; and they were pessimistic about Africa.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
Some came from the interior of Africa and had woolly hair and thick lips.
After the Greeks came the Persians, who conquered all of northern Africa.
He had been so long in Africa that this happy rumpus always pleased him.
Immediately they were a thousand leagues from the Africa they knew.
- the second largest of the continents, on the Mediterranean in the north, the Atlantic in the west, and the Red Sea, Gulf of Aden, and Indian Ocean in the east. The Sahara desert divides the continent unequally into North Africa (an early centre of civilization, in close contact with Europe and W Asia, now inhabited chiefly by Arabs) and Africa south of the Sahara (relatively isolated from the rest of the world until the 19th century and inhabited chiefly by Negroid peoples). It was colonized mainly in the 18th and 19th centuries by Europeans and now comprises independent nations. The largest lake is Lake Victoria and the chief rivers are the Nile, Niger, Congo, and Zambezi. Pop: 887 964 000 (2005 est). Area: about 30 300 000 sq km (11 700 000 sq miles)
Word Origin and History for africa
Latin Africa (terra) "African land, Libya, the Carthaginian territory," fem. of Africus, from Afer "an African." Originally only in reference to the region around modern Tunisia, it gradually was extended to the whole continent. Derivation from Arabic afar "dust, earth" is tempting, but the early date seems to argue against it. The Middle English word was Affrike.