- a group of languages belonging to the Eastern Sudanic branch of Nilo-Saharan, and including Dinka, Luo, Masai, and Nandi.
Origin of Nilotic
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The general colour of the Nilotic Monitor is olive-grey, mottled with black.Bible Animals;
J. G. Wood
But would you place the Nilotic family in the Ethiopian race?Lothair
In this nilotic region, myriads of water-fowls find a favorite resort.
Both groups of Kavirondo are physically fine, the Nilotic stock appearing more virile than the Bantu.
Kavirondo is the general name of two distinct groups of tribes, one Bantu and the other Nilotic.
- of or relating to the Nile
- of, relating to, or belonging to a tall Negroid pastoral people inhabiting South Sudan, parts of Kenya and Uganda, and neighbouring countries
- relating to or belonging to the group of languages spoken by the Nilotic peoples
- 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
C17: via Latin from Greek Neilotikós, from Neilos the Nile
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