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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A member of a Berber people of northeast Algeria.
  • n. The Berber language of this people.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A member of the ethnic group that speaks the Kabyle language.
  • proper n. A Northern Berber language of the Berber branch of the Afro-Asiatic language family, spoken by over 3,000,000 people in Algeria; native name Taqbaylit.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A Berber, as in Algiers or Tunis. See Berber.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One of a Berber race dwelling in Algeria, particularly in the mountains of the coast.
  • n. A dialect of Berber, spoken by many of the Kabyles.

Etymologies

Arabic qabā'ilu, pl. of qabīla, tribe, from qabila, to receive; see qbl in Semitic roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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