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

  • n. A member of a people inhabiting the western bank of the Nile River in southern Sudan.
  • n. The Nilotic language of the Shilluk.


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  • South Sudan has been rent for decades by local conflicts between its three main pastoral Nilotic tribes, the Dinka, Shilluk and Nuer, who routinely launch raids on one another for cattle and women.

    Eric Margolis: Sudan Faces an Earthquake

  • The Shilluk people of the Sudan tell of the divine Juok who fashioned people from Earth.

    Donna Henes: Earth, Our Mother

  • In Upper Nile state, near Jonglei state's northern border, Dinka raiders have attacked several Shilluk settlements near the junction of the White Nile and Sobat rivers in the past month, displacing Shilluk populations north towards the already tense town of Malakal.

    John Prendergast: Field Dispatch: Jonglei, Southern Sudan

  • Arabs of Shilluk, at the passage of the Bahr el Abyadh, this is the only route open to them.

    Travels in Nubia

  • Queen Lostris despatched an expedition of gold-seekers, with Shilluk guides, to follow the Atbara as far as they were able.

    River God

  • Once more in hand, the Shilluk formed ranks and moved forward against the first village where the Ethiopians were waiting behind the stone walls.

    River God

  • The Shilluk were stacked in depth, file upon file and regiment upon regiment.

    River God

  • Using the Shilluk method, I managed with much difficulty to start a fire.

    River God

  • He was a sailor and an infantryman to the bone, and as he grew older, he was ever more conservative and traditional in his use of his new Shilluk regiments.

    River God

  • Those who broke through were met by the Shilluk and a cloud of javelins.

    River God


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