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Somali

[soh-mah-lee, suh-]
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noun, plural So·ma·lis, (especially collectively) So·ma·li.
  1. a member of a Hamitic population showing an admixture of Arab, black, and other ancestry, and dwelling in Somalia and adjacent regions.
  2. the Cushitic language of the Somali.
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adjective
  1. of or relating to Somalia,its people, or their language.
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  • He had got his marching orders and was to sail in the Somali from Southampton.

    Jan and Her Job

    L. Allen Harker

  • The Somali attribute the duty of blood 502revenge to the kin, not to the tribe.

    Folkways

    William Graham Sumner

  • One night we interviewed Askar, one of the Somali gunbearers.

    In Africa

    John T. McCutcheon

  • When we started we had four Somali gunbearers, each of whom rose at dawn to pray.

    In Africa

    John T. McCutcheon

  • Abdi, our head-man, was also a Somali, but of a different tribe.

    In Africa

    John T. McCutcheon


British Dictionary definitions for somali

Somali

noun
  1. plural -lis or -li a member of a tall dark-skinned people inhabiting Somalia
  2. the language of this people, belonging to the Cushitic subfamily of the Afro-Asiatic family of languages
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adjective
  1. of, relating to, or characteristic of Somalia, the Somalis, or their language
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