English words of African origin

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Most words of African origin used in English are nouns describing animals, plants, or cultural practices that have their origins in Africa (mostly sub-Saharan African; Arabic words not included unless another African language is an intermediary). The following list includes some examples.

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  7. ^ "chimpanzee" in American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company, 2011.
  8. ^ "Kola Definition & Meaning". Dictionary.com. Retrieved 2022-05-13.
  9. ^ "Ebony Definition & Meaning". Dictionary.com. Retrieved 2022-05-13.
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  13. ^ "Jumbo definition and meaning | Collins English Dictionary".
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  15. ^ Tilapia etymology
  16. ^ "Voodoo definition and meaning | Collins English Dictionary".
  17. ^ "Zebra | Etymology, origin and meaning of zebra by etymonline".
  18. ^ "Zombie | Search Online Etymology Dictionary".