- a Bantu language spoken in Malawi and Zambia.
Origin of Nyanja
First recorded in 1890–95
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Examples from the Web for nyanja
In the delta of the Zambezi is to be found Ci-podzo, a very distinct language, yet one which belongs to the Nyanja genus.
He stated that he crossed the Nyanja at a narrow part, and was 36 hours in the passage.Missionary Travels and Researches in South Africa
This is evidently a reminiscence of the "medicine" (Nyanja, chiwindo) used in Africa to protect gardens.Jamaican Song and Story
- plural -ja or -jas a member of a Negroid people of central Africa, living chiefly in Malawi
- the language of this people, belonging to the Bantu group of the Niger-Congo family. Nyanja forms the basis of a pidgin used as a lingua franca in central Africa
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