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Pronunciation: (song-gī'), [key]
pl. -ghais, (esp. collectively) -ghai for 1.

1. a member of a group of peoples living along the Niger River in the area of Timbuktu and Gao in Mali and in adjacent areas of Niger and Burkina Faso.
2. a West African empire dominated by the Songhai that flourished in the 15th and 16th centuries.
3. the Nilo-Saharan language of the Songhai.

Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.

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