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Nilotic

[nahy-lot-ik]
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.
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noun
  1. a group of languages belonging to the Eastern Sudanic branch of Nilo-Saharan, and including Dinka, Luo, Masai, and Nandi.
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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
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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
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Word Origin

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