Appendix:Spanish words of African origin
This is a list of Spanish words of African origin. It is further divided into words that come from Bantu, Berber West African, and words which are known (or thought) to have come from African, but when the exact source is not known. Some of these words existed in Latin as loanwords from other languages. Some of these words have alternate etymologies and may also appear on a list of Spanish words from a different language.
- Conga from Cuban Spanish, from an African language, possibly form Bantu kong "mountain."
- marimba: from a Bantu language; represented by Kimbundu marimba, from the same family as Chiluba madimba marimba.
- gnu: ultimately from Bantu, possibly from Xhosa.
- La Bamba
- banana, banano
- banana, from Portuguese banana, from a West African language, possibly Wolof or Mandinka.
- gorilla, from Modern Latin (first used in English in the United States), from Ancient Greek gorlla, singular of grillai (feminine plural, c. 450) African tribe of hairy people, possibly of West African origin
- yam, of West African origin, possibly related to Fulani nyami "to eat."
- from Efik Chevere, brought by the Abakua in Cuba
- giraffe, from Italian giraffa, from Arabic zirafa/zarafah "giraffe," probably of African origin; of the same family as Egyptian sr "giraffe".
- Breve diccionario etimológico de la lengua española, by Guido Gómez de Silva (ISBN 968-16-2812-8)