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Africana

[af-ri-kan-uh, -kah-nuh, -key-nuh] /ˌæf rɪˈkæn ə, -ˈkɑ nə, -ˈkeɪ nə/
noun, (used with a plural verb)
1.
artifacts or artistic or literary works of any of the nations of Africa reflecting geographical, historical, or cultural development.
2.
a collection of materials, as books and documents, on African history or culture.
Origin of Africana
1905-1910
1905-10; Afric(a) or Afric(an) + -ana
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  • After this he sang the aria of the fourth act of "Africana."

  • Mustela Africana is the most primitive of the American weasels.

    American Weasels E. Raymond Hall
  • In the small Mustela rixosa and apparently in Mustela Africana the secondary sexual difference in size is relatively slight.

    American Weasels E. Raymond Hall
  • For example, p2 is always absent in Mustela Africana and always present in certain subspecies of M. frenata.

    American Weasels E. Raymond Hall
  • The absence of P2 in Mustela Africana is the only difference of a qualitative (presence or absence) nature that was detected.

    American Weasels E. Raymond Hall
  • There are other reasons for thinking that Africana separated from the stem form earlier than M. frenata did.

    American Weasels E. Raymond Hall
  • The Amazon Basin is inhabited by another species, Mustela Africana, having more primitive characters.

    American Weasels E. Raymond Hall
  • Map showing the geographic ranges of the subspecies of Mustela frenata and Mustela Africana.

    American Weasels E. Raymond Hall
  • I have examined no skulls of Africana with greatly worn teeth and hence cannot say if the sutures are obliterated in advanced age.

    American Weasels E. Raymond Hall
  • It is possibly significant that Mustela Africana is intermediate in several respects between Lyncodon and typical Mustela.

    American Weasels E. Raymond Hall
British Dictionary definitions for Africana

Africana

/ˌæfrɪˈkɑːnə/
plural noun
1.
objects of cultural or historical interest of African origin
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