a globe showing the continent of Africa.
Africa definition by Webster's New World
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second largest continent, situated in the Eastern Hemisphere, south of Europe: c. 11,700,000 sq mi (30,303,000 sq km); pop. c. 705,000,000
Origin: Classical Latin ; from Africa (terra), African (land), feminine of Africus ; from Afer, an African
Africa definition by American Heritage Dictionary
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The second-largest continent, connected to Asia by the Isthmus of Suez and lying between the Mediterranean Sea and the Atlantic and Indian oceans.
Africa - Cultural Definition
- Africa has been the home of great civilizations, particularly in Egypt (see also Egypt), along the Mediterranean Sea. In the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, European nations colonized much of the continent (see colonialism). In the twentieth century, the colonies became independent countries.
- Africa south of the Sahara is sometimes called sub-Saharan Africa.
- Sub-Saharan Africa has been hit especially hard by HIV/AIDS, drastically decreasing the life expectancy of much of the population.