Af·ri·kaans (ăf′rĭ-käns, -känz)
A language that developed from 17th-century Dutch and is an official language of South Africa. Also called Taal.
Of or relating to Afrikaans or Afrikaners.
[Afrikaans, from Dutch Afrikaansch, African, from Latin Āfricānus; see AFRIKANER.]
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