One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A West African breed of cattle, usually fawn or light red in colour and bearing lyre-shaped horns; an animal of this breed.
1930s. Probably from Fulfulde (Senegalese Fouta dialect) d̰aama, perhaps via West African French ndama (also in forms dama, ndaama, n'dama) which is only attested later.
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