One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A country in NE Africa south of Egypt, with a coastline on the Red Sea; population 40,200,000 (estimated 2015); languages, Arabic (official), Hausa, and others; capital, Khartoum.
2A vast region of North Africa, extending across the width of the continent from the southern edge of the Sahara to the tropical equatorial zone in the south.
From Arabic sūdān, literally ‘country of the blacks’.
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