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[bahm-bahr-ah, -bahr-uh]
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  1. a Mande language that is used as a trade language in the upper Niger drainage basin in Africa.
  2. a member of an agricultural, Mande-speaking people of Mali.
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Historical Examples

  • He was forced to start for Bambara alone, and destitute of resources.

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    Jules Verne

  • "Oh, Bambara," said Mr. Deeley feebly; his assurance seemed to crumple.

  • "I assure you that this Bambara worries me," Spardek went on with great dignity.


    Pierre Benoit

  • You are about to taste the cooking of Koukou, our Bambara chef, for the first time.


    Pierre Benoit

  • The twelve chattering Kroomen who were to go as far as the Bambara country with the expedition were seated two in each canoe.

British Dictionary definitions for bambara


  1. plural -ra or -ras a member of a Negroid people of W Africa living chiefly in Mali and by the headwaters of the River Niger in Guinea
  2. the language of this people, belonging to the Mande branch of the Niger-Congo family
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