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a Mande language that is used as a trade language in the upper Niger drainage basin in Africa.
a member of an agricultural, Mande-speaking people of Mali.
Historical Examples

The twelve chattering Kroomen who were to go as far as the Bambara country with the expedition were seated two in each canoe.
The Boy Aviators in Africa Wilbur Lawton

“Oh, Bambara,” said Mr. Deeley feebly; his assurance seemed to crumple.
The Sin of Monsieur Pettipon Richard Connell

Each noble represented a certain price for the townsmen, as Bambara Negroes, we are told, attach a money value to cowrie shells.
Two Poets Honore de Balzac

The Bambara themselves are perhaps only a distinct branch of the original Mandingo stock.
Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 15, Slice 1 Various

Among the minor exports is that of Bambara or sea-slugs, which are sent to Hong-Kong and Singapore.
Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 17, Slice 8 Various

It was to the Bambara country—the country of the legendary Flying Men—that they were bound.
The Boy Aviators in Africa Wilbur Lawton

“Bambara reminds me of baboons,” he went on loudly and rapidly, checking an incipient remark from Mr. Deeley.
The Sin of Monsieur Pettipon Richard Connell

The Bambara, another tribe of West Africa, similarly regard the last-born of twins as the elder of the two.
The Belief in Immortality and the Worship of the Dead James George Frazer

He was forced to start for Bambara alone, and destitute of resources.
Celebrated Travels and Travellers Jules Verne

You are about to taste the cooking of Koukou, our Bambara chef, for the first time.
Atlantida Pierre Benoit

(pl) -ra, -ras. a member of a Negroid people of W Africa living chiefly in Mali and by the headwaters of the River Niger in Guinea
the language of this people, belonging to the Mande branch of the Niger-Congo family


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