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Senufo

Line breaks: Se¦nufo
Pronunciation: /səˈnuːfəʊ
 
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Definition of Senufo in English:

noun

1 (plural same) A member of a West African people inhabiting parts of Côte d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast), Mali, and Burkina.
Example sentences
  • In the Baoule village, the women live with their husbands' families; among the Senufo, husbands and wives live separately with men living in rectangular houses and their wives occupying round ones.
  • Other significant ethnic groups include the Bete, Senufo, and Malinke.
  • Among the collection essays, they give magisterial overviews of the arts and conceptual universe of the Yoruba and Senufo.
2 [mass noun] The language of the Senufo, which belongs to the Gur group and has many different dialects.
Example sentences
  • Other national languages promoted by the DNAFLA include Fulfuldé, Songhai, Senufo, Dogon, Soninké, and Tamasheq.

adjective

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Relating to the Senufo or their language.
Example sentences
  • He modified these in his well-known catalogue for his 1964 exhibition of Senufo art at the Museum of Primitive Art in New York City.
  • There is a balance of power between Poro and Sandogo, the chief patrons of the arts in Senufo communities.
  • In Senufo society, divine creation is commemorated by large, sculpted figural pairs that depict a timeless and ideally balanced archetype of humanity.

Origin

Akan.

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