Pronunciation: (män'dā), [key]
1. a branch of the Niger-Congo subfamily of languages, spoken in western Africa and including Mende, Malinke, Bambara, and Kpelle.
2. a member of any of the peoples who speak these languages. Also called Mandingo.
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