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Afro

[af-roh]
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adjective
  1. of or relating to Afro-Americans or to black traditions, culture, etc.: Afro societies; Afro hair styles.
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noun, plural Af·ros.
  1. a hair style originating with black persons, in which the hair is allowed to grow naturally and to acquire a bushy appearance.
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Origin of Afro

First recorded in 1965–70; independent use of Afro-

Afro-

  1. a combining form of Africa: Afro-American; Afro-Asiatic.
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Also especially before a vowel, Afr-.

Origin of Afro-

< Latin Āfr- (stem of Āfer an African) + -o-
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Afro

noun plural -ros
  1. a hairstyle in which the hair is shaped into a wide frizzy bush
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Word Origin

C20: independent use of Afro-

Afro-

combining form
  1. indicating Africa or AfricanAfro-Asiatic
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Word Origin and History for afro

Afro

n.

"full, bushy hairstyle as worn by some blacks," 1938, from Afro-. As a general adjective for black styles of clothing, music, etc., it is attested from 1966.

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Afro-

word-forming element meaning "African," from Latin Afr-, stem of Afer, Afri "African" (see Africa), or directly from African.

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