Moroccan capital, from Arabic ar-ribat, from ribat "fortified monastery."
ancient region in central Greece which included Delphi, from Greek Phōkis. Related: Phocian.
chief language of Ghana in West Africa; also known as Akan, it is in the Niger-Congo language family.
"pertaining to Madagascar," the large island off the southeast coast of Africa, 1835, apparently an alteration of Madagascar (compare French Malgache).
one of a Bantu people of South Africa, 1824, a native name. As radio code word for -z- from 1960.
type of lizard common in North Africa and Arabia, 1580s, from French scinc (Modern French scinque), from Latin scincus, from Greek skinkos, a name given to some kind of lizard common in Asia and North Africa, of unknown origin. Formerly thought to have medicinal qualities. The by-forms (scincoid, etc.) have the Latin spelling, from Modern Latin scincoides.