adinkra

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noun adin·kra \ä-ˈdiŋ-krä\

Definition of adinkra

  1. :  a writing system incorporating symbols representing various concepts that is used by the Akan peoples of Ghana to mark fabrics, walls, pottery, and other surfaces —often used before another noun Two murals from a Jackson Pollock workshop and two from a West African adinkra printing workshop are on display. — Brooklyn Daily Eagle, 16 Apr. 2007 adinkra cloth [=cloth marked with adinkra symbols]

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Origin and Etymology of adinkra

borrowed from Twi adiŋkrá “fabric dyed with red and black stripes and worn as mourning”


First Known Use: 1925


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