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Kikuyu

[ki-koo-yoo] /kɪˈku yu/
noun, plural Kikuyus (especially collectively) Kikuyu.
1.
a member of an indigenous people of Kenya having an agricultural economy and notable as being the originators of the Mau Mau.
2.
the language of the Kikuyu, a Bantu language.
3.
(usually lowercase). Also called kikuyu grass. a grass, Pennisetum clandestinum, native to southern Africa, sometimes used in warm climates for lawns or as pasturage.
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  • Here was evidently the source of the Kikuyu's inexhaustible corn supply.

    Freeland Theodor Hertzka
  • Of course you don't say anything like "How sad about this Kikuyu business."

  • Charlie put a bullet behind the shoulder just in time to save a Kikuyu man.

    The Rogue Elephant Elliott Whitney
  • They stood with me to gaze at the midnight dances of the Kikuyu.

  • The much-discussed Kikuyu case has brought this home to everybody.

    Outspoken Essays William Ralph Inge
  • This would account for the similarity of method in circumcision, which, among both Kikuyu and Masai, is incomplete.

    Religion and Lust James Weir
  • Then the second gunbearer, a keen-eyed Kikuyu, discovered the lion three hundred yards off to the right.

    In Africa

    John T. McCutcheon
British Dictionary definitions for Kikuyu

Kikuyu

/kɪˈkuːjuː/
noun
1.
(pl) -yus, -yu. a member of a Negroid people of E Africa, living chiefly in Kenya on the high foothills around Mount Kenya
2.
the language of this people, belonging to the Bantu group of the Niger-Congo family
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