[ bahm-bahr-ah, -bahr-uh ]
/ bɑmˈbɑr ɑ, -ˈbɑr ə /


a Mande language that is used as a trade language in the upper Niger drainage basin in Africa.
a member of an agricultural, Mande-speaking people of Mali. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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/ (bɑːmˈbɑːrə) /


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
the language of this people, belonging to the Mande branch of the Niger-Congo family
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