always something new out of Africa

Show Summary Details

Quick Reference

Mid 16th-century saying, encapsulating a traditional view of Africa as a mysterious continent; from the Historia Naturalis of the Roman writer Pliny the Elder (ad 23–79), ‘Semper aliquid novi Africam adferre [Africa always brings [us] something new]’, referring to Africa as a traditional source of hybrid animals.

Reference entries

Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content. Please, subscribe or login to access all content.