Niger-Congo

noun

Ni·​ger-Con·​go ˌnī-jər-ˈkäŋ-(ˌ)gō How to pronounce Niger-Congo (audio)
: a language family that includes the Mande and Kwa branches and that is spoken by most of the indigenous peoples of west, central, and south Africa

Word History

Etymology

Niger (river) + Congo (river)

First Known Use

circa 1949, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Niger-Congo was circa 1949

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Cite this Entry

“Niger-Congo.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Niger-Congo. Accessed 26 Nov. 2022.

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