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[too r-kah-nuh]
noun, plural Tur·ka·nas, (especially collectively) Tur·ka·na for 1.
  1. a member of a seminomadic people of northwestern Kenya and bordering areas of Uganda.
  2. the Nilotic language of the Turkana.
  3. Lake. Formerly Rudolf. a lake in E Africa, in NE Kenya. 185 miles (298 km) long; 3500 sq. mi. (9100 sq. km).
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Historical Examples

  • Last Tuesday you came into camp and said the Turkana were very much excited.'

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    W. Somerset Maugham

  • Last Tuesday you came into camp and told me the Turkana were very excited.

  • It wouldn't be so serious, only the best fighting part of our forces are the Turkana, and we must expect treachery.

  • My plan is to start marching as if I didn't know that the Turkana were going to turn against us.

  • Now I must have one white man to head the Turkana, and that man will run the greatest possible danger.

British Dictionary definitions for turkana


  1. Lake Turkana a long narrow lake in E Africa, in the Great Rift Valley. Area: 7104 sq km (2743 sq miles)Former name: Lake Rudolf
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