a grass, Eleusine coracana, of Asia and Africa, having round fruit with a loose husk, grown as a cereal and as an ornamental.
Also called African mongoose, Egyptian mongoose. a slender, long-tailed mongoose, Herpestes ichneumon, inhabiting Africa and southern Europe, and believed by the ancient Egyptians to devour crocodile eggs. . Historical Examples Classification of the ichneumon flies, or the superfamily ichneumonoidea. The Biotic Associations of Cockroaches Louis M. Roth The ichneumon may be seen busily searching the […]
- African national congress
noun (in South Africa) a political party, founded in 1912 as an African nationalist movement and banned there from 1960 to 1990 because of its active opposition to apartheid: in 1994 won South Africa’s first multiracial elections ANC Contemporary Examples Ichikowitz said he served between 1992 and 1994 as a glorified gofer for the african […]
- African plate
a major tectonic division of the earth’s crust, comprising the African continent as well as adjacent ocean basins (the Canary, Cape Verde, Angola, Cape Agulhas, Somali, Madagascar, and Natal Basins), and bounded on the north by the Eurasian and Arabian Plates, on the east by mid-ocean ridges (the Southwest Indian, Mid-Indian, and Carlsberg Ridges), on […]
- African potato
noun the corm of a southern African plant, Hypoxis hemerocallidea, believed to possess medicinal properties