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OTHER SCRIPTS: مازيغ (Arabic), ⵎⴰⵣⵉⵖ (Tifinagh)
OTHER FORMS: Mazighi
CONTRIBUTOR: Madghis on 9/19/2006
Meaning & History
Derived from Arabic أَمَازِيغ (ʾamāzīḡ) the Arabic designation for the Berber (Amazigh) people of North Africa. The word itself is ultimately of Tamazight origin, from Central Atlas Tamazight ⴰⵎⴰⵣⵉⵖ (Amaziɣ) of disputed meaning; in modern Central Atlas Tamazight, it means “free-man”.