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Songhai

[song-gahy]
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noun, plural Son·ghais, (especially collectively) Son·ghai for 1.
  1. a member of a group of peoples living along the Niger River in the area of Timbuktu and Gao in Mali and in adjacent areas of Niger and Burkina Faso.
  2. a West African empire dominated by the Songhai that flourished in the 15th and 16th centuries.
  3. the Nilo-Saharan language of the Songhai.
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Songhai

noun
  1. plural -ghai or -ghais a member of a Nilotic people of W Africa, living chiefly in Mali and Niger in the central Niger valley
  2. the language or group of dialects spoken by this people, now generally regarded as forming a branch of the Nilo-Saharan family
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