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WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

n
1: a member of a pastoral and nomadic people of western Africa; they are traditionally cattle herders of Muslim faith [syn: Fulani, Fula, Fulah, Fellata, Fulbe]
2: a family of languages of the Fulani of West Africa and used as a lingua franca in the sub-Saharan regions from Senegal to Chad; the best known of the West African languages [syn: Fula, Ful, Fulani, Peul]

Merriam Webster's

noun (plural -ni or -nis) Date: 1855 1. Fula 1; especially the Fula of northern Nigeria and adjacent areas 2. Fula 2

Britannica Concise

Primarily Muslim people, numbering about 18 million, found in many parts of W Africa, from Lake Chad west to the Atlantic coast. Their language is Fula (of the Atlantic languages of the Niger-Congo family). Originally they were herders, but interaction with other groups produced marked cultural changes. In the 1790s the Fulani priest Usman dan Fodio led a holy war (jihad) that created a large empire. Its decay in the 19th cent. aided the establishment of British rule over N Nigeria. Many Fulani of N Nigeria have adopted the Hausa language and culture and established themselves as an urban aristocracy.



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