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Masai

[muh-sahy]
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noun, plural Ma·sais, (especially collectively) Ma·sai.
  1. a member of an African people inhabiting the highlands of Kenya and Tanzania and having a largely pastoral economy and a society based on the patrilineal clan.
  2. the Nilotic language of the Masai.
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Also Maasai.
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  • Have you not heard of Lenani, the king of all Masai, and of his advice to his people?

    The Leopard Woman

    Stewart Edward White

  • His people are fierce, like the Masai, like the people of Lobengula, and make war their trade.

    The Leopard Woman

    Stewart Edward White

  • The alliance with the Masai was of too much importance to us for us to wish it dissolved.

    Freeland

    Theodor Hertzka

  • The Masai, on the other hand, were at first greatly troubled by the conditions demanded of them.

    Freeland

    Theodor Hertzka

  • If they refused, we would force them to grant it, as we did the Masai.

    Freeland

    Theodor Hertzka


British Dictionary definitions for masai

Masai

noun
  1. plural -sais or -sai a member of a Nilotic people, formerly noted as warriors, living chiefly in Kenya and Tanzania
  2. the language of this people, belonging to the Nilotic group of the Nilo-Saharan family
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