Pronunciation: (hou'sä, -su, -zu), [key]
—pl. -sas, (esp. collectively) -sa for 1.
1. a member of an indigenous people of northern Nigeria and southern Niger whose culture has been strongly influenced by Islam.
2. the language of the Hausa people, belonging to the Chadic branch of the Afroasiatic family, widely used in Africa as a language of commerce. Also,Haus'sa.
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