Definition of Africa

1. Noun. The second largest continent; located to the south of Europe and bordered to the west by the South Atlantic and to the east by the Indian Ocean.

Geographical relationships: Campaign, Hunting Expedition, Safari, Boer War, Namibia, Republic Of Namibia, South West Africa, Horn Of Africa, Somali Peninsula, Black, Black Person, Blackamoor, Negro, Negroid, Ameer, Amir, Emeer, Emir
Terms within: Barbary, Nubia, Maghreb, Mahgrib, African Country, African Nation, East Africa, Namibia, Republic Of Namibia, South West Africa, Angola, Republic Of Angola, Burundi, Republic Of Burundi, Cameroon, Cameroun, Republic Of Cameroon, Central Africa, Central African Republic, Chad, Republic Of Chad, Tchad, Congo, French Congo, Republic Of The Congo, Belgian Congo, Congo, Democratic Republic Of The Congo, Zaire, Cote D'ivoire, Ivory Coast, Republic Of Cote D'ivoire, Benin, Dahomey, Republic Of Benin, Togo, Togolese Republic, Afars And Issas, Djibouti, Republic Of Djibouti, Equatorial Guinea, Republic Of Equatorial Guinea, Spanish Guinea, Abyssinia, Ethiopia, Federal Democratic Republic Of Ethiopia, Yaltopya, Roman Empire, Ruanda, Rwanda, Rwandese Republic, Botswana, Republic Of Botswana, Arab Republic Of Egypt, Egypt, United Arab Republic, Kenya, Republic Of Kenya, Gabon, Gabonese Republic, Gabun, Gambia, Republic Of The Gambia, The Gambia, Ghana, Gold Coast, Republic Of Ghana, French Guinea, Guinea, Republic Of Guinea, Guine-bissau, Guinea-bissau, Portuguese Guinea, Republic Of Guinea-bissau, Basutoland, Kingdom Of Lesotho, Lesotho, Liberia, Republic Of Liberia, Libya, Socialist People's Libyan Arab Jamahiriya, Madagascar, Malagasy Republic, Republic Of Madagascar, Malawi, Nyasaland, Republic Of Malawi, French Sudan, Mali, Republic Of Mali, Islamic Republic Of Mauritania, Mauritania, Mauritanie, Muritaniya, Mocambique, Mozambique, Republic Of Mozambique, Niger, Republic Of Niger, Federal Republic Of Nigeria, Nigeria, Republic Of Senegal, Senegal, Republic Of Sierra Leone, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Horn Of Africa, Somali Peninsula, Republic Of South Africa, South Africa, Soudan, Sudan, Republic Of The Sudan, Soudan, Sudan, Kingdom Of Swaziland, Swaziland, Tanzania, United Republic Of Tanzania, Ottoman Empire, Turkish Empire, Republic Of Uganda, Uganda, Northern Rhodesia, Republic Of Zambia, Zambia, Republic Of Zimbabwe, Rhodesia, Southern Rhodesia, Zimbabwe, Sahara, Sahara Desert, Black Africa, Sub-saharan Africa, North Africa, West Africa, Great Rift Valley, Chad, Lake Chad, Lake Tanganyika, Tanganyika, Lake Victoria, Victoria Nyanza, Chari, Chari River, Shari, Shari River
Group relationships: Eastern Hemisphere, Orient
Generic synonyms: Continent
Derivative terms: African

Definition of Africa

1. Proper noun. The continent that is south of Europe, east of the Atlantic Ocean, west of the Indian Ocean and north of Antarctica. It holds the following countries: ¹

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Africa

Afipia felis
Aframomum melegueta
Afrasian language
African-American music
African American
African American Vernacular English
African Americans
African Lily
African Union
African anteater
African anteaters
African bowstring hemp
African buffalo

Literary usage of Africa

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The Geographical Journal by Royal Geographical Society (Great Britain). (1906)
"5801 ; Slavery and the Slave trade: Sir HM Stanley, I. 507 t africa, ... 100t Climate : йен africa, (¡eneral Delimitation of British and French spheres, ..."

2. Science by American Association for the Advancement of Science (1887)
"TIIK PEOPLE OF CENTRAL africa. THE northern boundary of the Bantu language, to which almost all tribes and nations of Central africa belong, ..."

3. Proceedings by Royal Geographical Society (Great Britain), Norton Shaw, Francis Galton, William Spottiswoode, Clements Robert Markham, Henry Walter Bates, John Scott Keltie (1859)
"At the close of his paper Mr. Macqueen makes the following remarks on the commercial value of South Central africa :— " In taking a general survey of africa ..."

4. Dictionary of National Biography by LESLIE. STEPHEN (1887)
"published ' Inner africa laid open, in an attempt to trace the chief lines ol communication across that continent south of the Equator. ..."

5. Proceedings by Royal Geographical Society (Great Britain), Norton Shaw, Francis Galton, William Spottiswoode, Clements Robert Markham, Henry Walter Bates, John Scott Keltie (1891)
"Livingstone's Travels in South africa. [Silver, SW]—SW Silver & Co.'s Handbook to South africa, including the Cape Colony, the Diamond Fields, Natal, ..."

6. Proceedings by Royal Colonial Institute (Great Britain) (1896)
"THE DEVELOPMENT OF TROPICAL africa. INTRODUCTORY. IN all ages and to all people africa has been a mysterious and yet an inviting continent. ..."

7. The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire by Edward Gibbon (1899)
"... and accelerate the decay of the powers of life- He exulted in tne glorious act of restoring africa and Italy to the republic; but the calamities which ..."

8. Proceedings by Royal Geographical Society (Great Britain), Norton Shaw, Francis Galton, William Spottiswoode, Clements Robert Markham, Henry Walter Bates, John Scott Keltie (1889)
"Its importance in any future arrangement for opening up africa and putting an end to the slave trade and the present unnatural condition of slavery can ..."

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