- 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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Many residents of the area are Kikuyu farmers as well as Somali pastoralists.Militants ‘Executed Non-Muslims’ at Kenyan World Cup Watch Party
June 16, 2014
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.
Here was evidently the source of the Kikuyu's inexhaustible corn supply.Freeland
Of course you don't say anything like "How sad about this Kikuyu business."
Charlie put a bullet behind the shoulder just in time to save a Kikuyu man.The Rogue Elephant
They stood with me to gaze at the midnight dances of the Kikuyu.A Book-Lover's Holidays in the Open
The much-discussed Kikuyu case has brought this home to everybody.Outspoken Essays
William Ralph Inge
- 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