15 terms

06 - Africa to 1600-ish CE unit vocabulary

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aesthetic
of or relating to art or beauty
Bantu
a language group that spread from Central Africa through much of Southern Africa
cosmopolitan
made up of people or cultural elements from many foreign sources; having international sophistication
griots
a class of traveling poets, musicians, and storytellers who maintain a tradition of oral history in parts of West Africa
isolated
cut off from communication with the rest of the world
laudatory
expressing or containing praise
Maghrib
the Mediterranean coast of North Africa
matrilineal
of or based on kinship with the mother or the female line
migration
when a person or people permanently move from one country or region to another
monsoon
the seasonal wind of the Indian Ocean and southern Asia, blowing from the southwest in summer and from the northeast in winter
patrilineal
of or based on kinship with the father or the male line
prosperity
the state of being successful, usually by making a lot of money
savanna
A grassy plain in tropical and subtropical regions, with few trees
Swahili
a coastal language of Eastern Africa that mixes Arabic and Persian language elements in with other African root languages
tribute
payment made periodically by one state or ruler to another, especially as a sign of dependence; an act, statement, or gift intended to show gratitude or respect.
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