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From Middle English Affrike, from Old French Affrique, Affrike, from Latin Āfrica, from Āfrī, singular Āfer (inhabitant of the country of Carthage), in turn either from:

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Africa (countable and uncountable, plural Africas)

  1. The continent that is south of Europe, east of the Atlantic Ocean, west of the Indian Ocean and north of Antarctica.
    the Maghreb and sub-Saharan Africa
    Synonym: (sometimes offensive, dated, informal) Dark Continent
  2. (nonstandard, proscribed) Sub-Saharan Africa, contrasted with the Maghreb.
    • 2021 June 10, Abdelmajid Hannoum, The Invention of the Maghreb: Between Africa and the Middle East, Cambridge University Press, →ISBN, page 205:
      The Sahara stood as an important marker between the Maghreb and Africa, not only in modern times but in times immemorial.
  3. (historical) A province of the Roman Empire containing what is now modern Tunisia and portions of Libya.
  4. A surname.

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  • Swahili: Afrika

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From Latin Africa. Cognates include Italian Africa and French Afrique.

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Africa f

  1. Africa (a continent)

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From Latin Africa.

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  • IPA(key): /ˈa.fri.ka/
  • Rhymes: -afrika
  • Hyphenation: À‧fri‧ca

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Africa f

  1. Africa (a continent)

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Feminine of āfricus/Āfricus, as a noun elliptic of terra āfrica/Āfrica (literally the land of the Afri). The adjective Āfricus comes from the name of the Āfrī (singular Āfer), a tribal people of the area near Carthage, by addition of the suffix -icus.

The Latin term formed alongside Greek Ἀφρική (hē Aphrikḗ), both terms being attested since the first century.

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Āfrica f sg (genitive Āfricae); first declension

  1. Northwestern Africa, the territory of Carthage, the African coast west of the Nile
    Nilus Africam ab Aethiopiā dispescens (Pliny 5, 9, 10, § 53)
  2. Africa (a province of the Roman Empire) (later split into Africa Zeugitana and Africa Byzacena under Diocletian)
  3. Africa as a continent, understood as the quarter of the globe south of the Mediterranean
    Si probare possemus Ligarium in Āfricā omnino non fuisse.
    If we could prove that Ligarius was not at all in Africa.

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First-declension noun, singular only.

Case Singular
Nominative Āfrica
Genitive Āfricae
Dative Āfricae
Accusative Āfricam
Ablative Āfricā
Vocative Āfrica

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  • "Africa", in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • "Africa", in Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • Africa in Gaffiot, Félix (1934) Dictionnaire illustré latin-français, Hachette

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From Latin Africa.

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Africa f

  1. Africa (a continent)

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Borrowed from Latin Africa.

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  • IPA(key): /ˈa.fri.ka/
  • Hyphenation: A‧fri‧ca

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Africa f

  1. Africa (a continent)

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