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[mah-lee] /ˈmɑ li/
Republic of, a republic in W Africa: formerly a territory of France; gained independence 1960. 463,500 sq. mi. (120,000 sq. km).
Capital: Bamako.
Formerly French Sudan.
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Malian, noun, adjective Unabridged
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  • Pity you did not get your Samoan friend Mali to hang or shoot them out of hand.

  • The Mali probably caused them to be gathered unto their fathers.

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  • After dinner Mother said, Gretel, did you give Mali that waistband?

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  • Mali has told me the sort of things you and Hella talk about.

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  • Then Mali, our new servant, came in, and she told us something horrid.

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British Dictionary definitions for Mali


a landlocked republic in West Africa: conquered by the French by 1898 and incorporated (as French Sudan) into French West Africa; became independent in 1960; settled chiefly in the basins of the Rivers Senegal and Niger in the south. Official language: French. Religion: Muslim majority, also animist. Currency: franc. Capital: Bamako. Pop: 15 968 882 (2013 est). Area: 1 248 574 sq km (482 077 sq miles) Former name (1898–1959) French Sudan
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Word Origin and History for Mali

modern African nation, known by that name from 1959, formerly French Sudan. The name is that of a former African kingdom (13c.-14c.), perhaps from Malinke, name of an indigenous people of the region.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Mali in Culture
Mali [(mah-lee)]

Republic in west Africa bordered by Algeria to the north and east, Niger to the east, Burkina Faso and Ivory Coast to the south, Guinea to the southwest, Senegal and Mauritania to the west. Its capital is Bamako. It became an independent nation in 1960.

Note: During the Middle Ages, Mali formed a huge territorial empire, noted as a center of Islamic study and as a trade route for gold. Its center was Timbuktu.
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