Etymology
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Mandingo 

people of the upper Niger region of West Africa, 1620s.

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Akan 

people and language of West Africa (Ghana and surrounding regions), 1690s, a native name.

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Canberra 

capital of Australia, 1826, from Aborigine nganbirra "meeting place."

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bwana 

respectful or reverential form of address in East Africa, 1875, from Swahili.

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capitalization (n.)

1860, "act of converting (assets) to capital," noun of action from capitalize in the financial sense. The meaning "act of writing or printing in capital letters" is recorded from 1847, from the writing sense.

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cpu 

also c.p.u., by 1970, abbreviation of central processing unit.

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Afric (adj.)

"African," 1580s, from Latin Africus (see Africa). Also sometimes used as a noun.

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Pyongyang 

North Korean capital, from Korean p'yong "flat" + yang "land."

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Kathmandu 

Nepalese capital, from Nepalese Kathmandu, from kath "wooden" + mandu "temple."

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Mesoamerica (n.)

also Meso-America, cultural or economic region comprising central and southern Mexico and northern Central America, by 1948, from Spanish Mesoamérica (by 1943); see meso- "middle" + America. Related: Mesoamerican.

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