Definition of Songhai in English:

Songhai

Syllabification: Son·ghai
Pronunciation: /säNGˈgī
 
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noun (plural same or Songhais)

  • 1A member of a people living mainly in Niger and Mali.
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    • The Gambia was once part of the Empire of Ghana and the Kingdom of the Songhais.
    • There are also references to the Soce of Senegal, JoIa of Gambia, Songhay and Moors of Mali, and the Kru of Liberia.
    • The second principal social problem involves political instability in the Republic of Niger, home to many of the Songhay.
  • 2The Nilo-Saharan language of the Songhai.
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    • Other major languages include Zarma, Songhay, Fulfulde, and Tamasheq.
    • Other national languages promoted by the DNAFLA include Fulfuldé, Songhai, Senufo, Dogon, Soninké, and Tamasheq.
    • Many of the Tuareg also speak Songhay, Hausa, and French, and read Arabic.

adjective

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  • Relating to the Songhai or their language.
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    • In this film he presents a documentary of social life in Wanzerbe, the famed village of Songhay sorcerers.
    • Since farming is seasonal, many Songhay men have developed secondary occupations: trading, transport, or tailoring.
    • Two contrasting modes and metaphorisations of taste occur in a Songhay village, and in eighteenth century England.

Origin

the name in Songhai.

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