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Masai

[muh-sahy] /məˈsaɪ/
noun, plural Masais (especially collectively) Masai.
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.
Also, Maasai.
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  • Have you not heard of Lenani, the king of all Masai, and of his advice to his people?

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

    The Leopard Woman Stewart Edward White
  • Whether the Masai will be our friends we shall see when we visit their country.

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  • But do not forget that in a few weeks the Masai also will be our allies.'

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  • We received fifty cows and fifty bulls; the Masai half the number.

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

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  • And in the war with the Kavirondo and Nangi were not the Masai in the wrong?

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

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British Dictionary definitions for Masai

Masai

/ˈmɑːsaɪ; mɑːˈsaɪ; ˈmæsaɪ/
noun
1.
(pl) -sais, -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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