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aardvark a large mammal with a long snout, long ears, a long tail, and almost no hair. Aardvarks are active at night, when they use their powerful claws to dig open ant or termite nests. They catch their food with long, sticky tongues. Aardvarks live in southern and central Africa. Although they are sometimes called anteaters, aardvarks are not closely related to any other kind of mammal.
Africa the second largest continent. Africa is south of Europe and between the Atlantic and Indian Oceans. It is in the Eastern Hemisphere.
African of or having to do with Africa, or its people or languages. [2 definitions]
Algeria a country in northern Africa. Algiers is the capital of Algeria.
Angola a country on the western coast of Africa. Luanda is the capital of Angola.
antelope an animal with horns, a long neck, long legs, and hooves. Antelopes are known for their fast running. Antelopes are mammals that eat plants and chew their cud. The smallest kind of antelope is only one foot tall; the largest antelope is six feet tall at the shoulder. Gazelles, gnus, and impalas are all antelopes. Most antelopes live in Africa; some also live in Asia. [1/2 definitions]
ape a mammal in the group of primates, which includes chimpanzees, gibbons, gorillas, and orangutans. Apes do not have tails. They have very flexible hands and feet. Apes range in size from three to six feet tall, and they can weigh up to 450 pounds. Apes live in the forests in Africa and Asia. [1/2 definitions]
ass a mammal with long legs and hooves that is closely related to the horse. A donkey is a domestic ass. Asses look like horses but are smaller and have longer ears. Wild asses live in Africa and Asia and are in danger of becoming extinct. [1/2 definitions]
Atlantic an ocean bordered by Europe and Africa on the east and North and South America on the west; Atlantic Ocean.
Atlantic Ocean an ocean that is bordered by Europe and Africa on the east and by North and South America on the west.
Atlas Mountains a range of mountains in northwest Africa stretching across the southwestern part of Morocco and northern parts of Algeria and Tunisia.
baboon a large monkey that has a long snout like a dog's. Baboons live on the ground in large groups in Africa and Arabia. They can be powerful fighters.
Benin a country on the west central coast of Africa between the countries of Togo and Nigeria. The capital of Benin is Porto-Novo.
Berber a group of languages spoken by many people in northern Africa, especially in the countries of Morocco and Algeria.
bison a very large mammal with a large head, humped shoulders, and short curved horns. Bison used to roam the plains of North America in large herds, but they were hunted until they were almost extinct. North American bison are also called buffalo, but they are not related to the true buffalo of Africa and Asia. Bison have hooves and are closely related to cattle. Bison eat only plants and chew their cud. [1/2 definitions]
black (sometimes capitalized) a person who has ancestors who came from Africa and who typically has dark skin, eyes, and hair; African American. [2/7 definitions]
boar a wild pig that lives in Europe, Asia, and Africa. Boars that have escaped from farms are now common in the southeastern mountains of the United States. [1/2 definitions]
Botswana a country in central, southern Africa. The capital of Botswana is Gaborone.
buffalo a large mammal that has long legs, hooves, and horns, and that is closely related to cattle. Different kinds of buffaloes live in Africa or Asia. The North American bison is sometimes called a buffalo, but is not a true buffalo.
Burkina Faso a country in West Africa that is south of Mali and north of Ghana. The country used to be called Upper Volta. The capital of Burkina Faso is Ouagadougou.
camel a large animal with long legs and a long neck. Camels are domesticated mammals; people use camels for riding and for carrying loads across deserts. Camels from the deserts of Central Asia have two humps. Camels from northern Africa and the Middle East have one hump.