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

  • n. A member of a people of central and southern Kenya.
  • n. The Bantu language of the Kikuyu.

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  • proper n. a Bantu people of Kenya.
  • proper n. the language of this people.


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  • One prominent example you point to of the paternalistic impulse to "civilize" the Kikuyu is the effort to eradicate the practice of female circumcision, which helped inspire the first organized backlash against British rule.

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  • A white visitor to Kenya might not be able to tell a Kikuyu from a Luo at a glance, but a Kenyan would have no such difficulty. Blog Articles » Print » Christopher Hitchens Unloads On Barack Obama

  • He chose the name Mungiki, which in Kikuyu language means ‘many people’.

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  • Turenda redio transmita twatumwo n “Roger” This is the initial message we sent in Kikuyu using the code word “Roger”

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  • Githongo was also Kikuyu, which is why his fellow officials were in such disbelief when he went 'off the reservation.'

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  • Although the Kikuyu are the largest of the east African country's many tribes, they are a minority in western Kenya, where people overwhelmingly backed Odinga, a Luo, who also has strong support from the Kalenjin.

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  • Of all the tribes in Kenya, the Kikuyu were the most affected by the arrival of the Europeans.

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  • The Kikuyu is the largest ethnic group in the country, making up about 22 percent of the Kenyan population; the Luo comprises about 13 percent.

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  • Chonyi: mwangani English: bastard mustard, spider herb, spider flower, cat's whiskers Giriama: mwangani Kamba: mwianzo, mukakai (Machakos) sake, mwaanzo, ithea-utuku (Kitui) Kambe: mwangani Keiyo: saka Kikuyu: thagiti, thageti Kipsigis: isakyat, isagek, isakiat Kisii: chinsaga Luhya (Bukusu): esaka

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  • What she does not reveal is that the three "Kikuyu" groups grew at very different rates.

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