Definitions

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  • n. A sash (decorative length of cloth) worn in parts of Africa.

Etymologies

Swahili (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Dressed in a torn "shuka" (Masai women's sari-like dress), she explains how she once wandered into a school on her way to church to see what it was like.

    Mail & Guardian Online

  • All you needed was something to wrap around you to keep the cold out, which is why we had the shuka -- the cloth was always on top of the leather loincloth, she said.

    Kenyan 'National Dress' a Work in Progress

  • Now Mama put her hands under her shuka and retied the strings of the money purse around her waist; sleep and alcohol had swung it out of place.

    Excerpt: Say You're One of Them by Uwem Akpan

  • Saturday morning we had shak shuka for breakfast with my parents and then did a bunch of shopping.

    Deliciously Domestic Days

  • There, a Maasai servant, shivering in a red plaid shuka, led me up a stone path lit with foot lanterns (the occasional frog hopping out of our way), to a private cabin with an enormous canopied bed and an open view of the hills and plains in the distance.

    Karin Badt: From Devils to Zebras: Riccardo Orizio's Safari in Kenya

  • She pushed the money under her shuka; the zip of the purse released two crisp farts.

    'Say You're One of Them'

  • Our guide, Mark Thornton, waved us together, nine khaki-clad travellers and a local Masai guide in a traditional red-checkered shuka cloak.

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