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Nilotic

[nahy-lot-ik]
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adjective
  1. of or relating to the Nile River or the inhabitants of the Nile region.
  2. of or relating to the Nilotic group of languages.
noun
  1. a group of languages belonging to the Eastern Sudanic branch of Nilo-Saharan, and including Dinka, Luo, Masai, and Nandi.

Origin of Nilotic

1645–55; < Latin Nīlōticus of the Nile < Greek Neilōtikós. See Nile, -otic
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Nilotic

adjective
  1. of or relating to the Nile
  2. of, relating to, or belonging to a tall Negroid pastoral people inhabiting South Sudan, parts of Kenya and Uganda, and neighbouring countries
  3. relating to or belonging to the group of languages spoken by the Nilotic peoples
noun
  1. a group of languages of E Africa, including Luo, Dinka, and Masai, now generally regarded as belonging to the Chari-Nile branch of the Nilo-Saharan family

Word Origin

C17: via Latin from Greek Neilotikós, from Neilos the Nile
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