a member of an Indigenous people of Kenya having an agricultural economy and notable as being the originators of the Mau Mau.
the language of the Kikuyu, a Bantu language.
(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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How to use Kikuyu in a sentence
Many residents of the area are Kikuyu farmers as well as Somali pastoralists.Militants ‘Executed Non-Muslims’ at Kenyan World Cup Watch Party | Margot Kiser | June 16, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Epic saga of Kikuyu life, starting in the 19th century before the arrival of the British.
Even her descriptive imagery, when describing landscapes, is Kikuyu.
Bakari returned with a dozen Kikuyu hunters, who readily agreed to lead the party to elephants.
Jack learned how the thorn zareba was built, and Charlie visited the Kikuyu village with his camera.
So far they had not struck the mountain slopes, and the Kikuyu led them deeper into the great African forest.
But, strange as it may seem, the hyaena is worshipped by one very large tribe in East Africa, the Kikuyu.Sketches of the East Africa Campaign | Robert Valentine Dolbey
It is hardly to be wondered at that the hyaenas in the "Kikuyu" country are far bolder than in other parts.Sketches of the East Africa Campaign | Robert Valentine Dolbey
British Dictionary definitions for Kikuyu
plural -yus or -yu a member of a Negroid people of E Africa, living chiefly in Kenya on the high foothills around Mount Kenya
the language of this people, belonging to the Bantu group of the Niger-Congo family
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