noun \mə-ˈliŋ-kē\
plural Malinke or Malinkes

Definition of MALINKE

:  a member of a people of Mandingo affiliation widespread in the western part of Africa
:  the language of the Malinke people

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noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Cluster of peoples occupying parts of Mali, Guinea, Côte d'Ivoire, Senegal, Gambia, and Guinea-Bissau. They speak a Mande language of the Niger-Congo family. Numbering 4.7 million, they are divided into numerous independent groups dominated by a hereditary nobility. One group, the Kangaba, has one of the world's most ancient dynasties; its rule has been virtually continuous since the 7th-century founding of the Mali empire. Most contemporary Malinke grow millet and sorghum and tend cattle. In religion they are divided among Islam and indigenous faiths.

Variants of MALINKE

Malinke or Mandinka or Mandingo


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