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A native or inhabitant of the central parts of Africa; (in later use also) specifically a native or inhabitant of the Central African Republic.
Of, relating to, or characteristic of the central parts of Africa; (in later use also) specifically of or pertaining to the Central African Republic or its inhabitants.
Early 19th century; earliest use found in The Morning Post. From central + African, in later use (after its formation in 1960) often after the name of the Central African Republic.
Central African/ˌsɛntr(ə)l ˈafrɪk(ə)n/
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