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African British & World English

A person from Africa, especially a black person

African bee British & World English

Any of various bees native to Africa; specifically = African honeybee.

African Eve British & World English

A female of an extinct African hominid; especially a hypothetical single female human regarded as the ancestor of all modern humans in the maternal line, postulated to have lived in Africa 150,000–200,000 years ago.

African oak British & World English

The hard and durable timber from any of several African trees, especially African teak (Oldfieldia africana) and iroko (Milicia excelsa).

pan-African British & World English

Relating to all people of African birth or descent

African grey British & World English

(More fully African grey parrot) the parrot Psittacus erithacus, with chiefly grey plumage and a red tail, which is native to the rainforests of West and Central Africa and popular elsewhere as a pet, being noted for its ability to mimic speech.

black African British & World English

A dark-skinned African; especially one who is a native or inhabitant of sub-Saharan Africa.

Euro-African British & World English

Cultural Anthropol. A member of a race or group of races displaying a combination of both European and African physical characteristics.

white African British & World English

A light-skinned African, especially one of European descent.

African daisy British & World English

A plant of the daisy family, cultivated for its bright flowers

African lynx British & World English

Another term for caracal.

African Union British & World English

An association of African states formed in 2002 from the Organization of African Unity

South African British & World English

A native or inhabitant of South Africa

African penguin British & World English

A banded penguin, Spheniscus demersus, which is the only penguin found in Africa and is confined to the coasts and waters of southern Africa; also called jackass penguin.

African pepper British & World English

Any of several plants found or cultivated in Africa, the fruits of which have a hot, spicy flavour and are used in cooking; especially Capsicum frutescens (family Solanaceae), Piper clusii (family Piperaceae), and Xylopia aethiopica (family Annonaceae).

African potato British & World English

Any of various African plants with edible starchy tubers, as yam and cassava.

African ragwort British & World English

Any of various African plants of the family Asteraceae (Compositae); specifically any of numerous yellow-flowered, drought-adapted plants constituting the genus Othonna.

African spinach British & World English

Any of various edible plants with leaves resembling spinach, cultivated as leaf vegetables in parts of Africa; especially any of various amaranths, grown widely as food crops.

African walnut British & World English

The mahogany-like timber from the tropical African tree Lovoa trichiloides (Meliaceae) which is typically used for furniture.

African wildcat British & World English

A small wildcat of the subspecies Felis silvestris lybica, found widely in Africa and the Middle East, which is believed to be the ancestor of the domestic cat.

Americo-African British & World English

Of or relating to both America and Africa; (also) of or relating to African-Americans (originally and chiefly in the context of the resettlement of freed American slaves in Africa during the 19th cent.).

African violet British & World English

A small East African plant with heart-shaped velvety leaves and violet, pink, or white flowers

African honeybee British & World English

A honeybee native to Africa; especially one of the subspecies Apis mellifera scutellata.

African lungfish British & World English

Any of four lungfishes that constitute the African genus Protopterus and the family Protopteridae, which have thread-like fins, typically occur in shallow fresh water, and are capable of surviving dry periods by living in a mud cocoon.

African nightshade British & World English

Any of several African plants of the genus Solanum (family Solanaceae); (in later use) especially S. scabarum, cultivated as a leaf vegetable.

African partridge British & World English

Any African francolin or spurfowl belonging (or formerly belonging) to the genus Francolinus.

African socialism British & World English

A form of socialism specific to or adapted for Africa and its culture; specifically (sometimes with capital initials) the name of a kind of socialism developed in the 1960s by President Nyerere of Tanzania.

American African British & World English

An American of black African origin or descent; an African-American.

African elephant British & World English

The elephant native to Africa, which is larger than the Indian elephant and has larger ears and a two-lipped trunk

African marsh owl British & World English

The marsh owl, Asio capensis.

African tulip tree British & World English

A large tropical African tree, Spathodea campanulata (family Bignoniaceae), with bright red flowers, widely grown in tropical climates for ornament and as a shade tree.

African horse disease British & World English

= African horse sickness.

African mammee apple British & World English

A large tropical African tree, Mammea africana (family Calophyllaceae; formerly Clusiaceae), used for its edible fruit and hard timber.

African swine fever British & World English

A viral disease of pigs occurring in acute and chronic forms that has symptoms similar to those of hog cholera and is transmitted by ticks and by contact with infected animals and secretions.

South African Dutch British & World English

The Afrikaans language from the 17th to the 19th centuries, during its development from Dutch

African horse sickness British & World English

A notifiable viral disease of horses, which is usually fatal. It is transmitted by biting insects and occurs chiefly in Africa, the Middle East, and the Mediterranean

Central African Republic British & World English

A country of central Africa; population 4,511,500 (est. 2009); languages, French (official), Sango; capital, Bangui. Formerly a French colony, it became a republic within the French Community in 1958 and a fully independent state in 1960

African National Congress British & World English

A South African political party and black nationalist organization. Having been banned by the South African government 1960–90, the ANC was victorious in the country’s first democratic elections in 1994 and its leader Nelson Mandela became the country’s President

Kenya African National Union British & World English

A Kenyan political party formed in 1960 and led first by Jomo Kenyatta. KANU won the first Kenyan elections and took the country into independence in 1963; it has since dominated Kenyan politics, ruling as the sole legal party 1982–91

Organization of African Unity British & World English

An association of African states founded in 1963 for mutual cooperation and the elimination of colonialism in Africa. In 2002 it was reconstituted as the African Union

Zimbabwe African National Union British & World English

A Zimbabwean political party formed in 1963 as a guerrilla organization and led from 1975 by Robert Mugabe

Zimbabwe African People's Union British & World English

A Zimbabwean political party formed in 1961 as a guerrilla organization and led by Joshua Nkomo. It merged with ZANU in 1989

African American Vernacular English British & World English

Any of various distinctive varieties of nonstandard English used by African-Americans; abbreviated AAVE.

African lynx in lynx British & World English

another term for caracal.

rice British & World English

A swamp grass which is widely cultivated as a source of food, especially in Asia

civet British & World English

A slender nocturnal carnivorous mammal with a barred and spotted coat and well-developed anal scent glands, native to Africa and Asia

buffalo British & World English

A heavily built wild ox with backward-curving horns, found mainly in the Old World tropics:

bullfrog British & World English

A very large frog which has a deep booming croak and is often a predator of smaller vertebrates

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