a globe showing the continent of Africa.
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 of AfricaClassical Latin ; from Africa (terra), African (land), feminine of Africus ; from Afer, an African
The second-largest continent, connected to Asia by the Isthmus of Suez and lying between the Mediterranean Sea and the Atlantic and Indian Oceans.
- (historical) A province of the Roman Empire containing what is now modern Tunisia and portions of Libya.
- 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:
- The Maghreb and the Subsahara are regions of Africa with different geographies.
OriginSee also: África
From Latin Āfrica.