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[yawr-uh-buh, yohr-] /ˈyɔr ə bə, ˈyoʊr-/
noun, plural Yorubas (especially collectively) Yoruba for 1.
a member of a numerous West African coastal people.
the language of the Yoruba, a Kwa language.
Related forms
Yoruban, adjective Unabridged
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  • And Marta Moreno Vega, an Afro-Caribbean expert on Yoruba philosophy, seems to dare you to sum up her ethnicity.

    The Latin Look Blake Gopnik August 18, 2011
  • This is why Americans speak English even though more of us are ethnically German or Yoruba.

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British Dictionary definitions for Yoruba


(pl) -bas, -ba. a member of a Negroid people of W Africa, living chiefly in the coastal regions of SW Nigeria: noted for their former city states and complex material culture, particularly as evidenced in their music, art, and sculpture
the language of this people, belonging to the Kwa branch of the Niger-Congo family
Derived Forms
Yoruban, adjective
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