Definition of Danakil in English:


Pronunciation: /dəˈnɑːk(ə)l//ˈdanəkɪl/

noun & adjective

  • another term for Afar
    • ‘When I returned to the Danakil country, years later, I saw cars, tarmac road, service stations and convoys of lorries carrying petrol from Assab to Addis Ababa.’
    • ‘Neither Christians nor Muslims eat pork; the Danakil, Oromo, and Somali avoid chicken and eggs as well.’
    • ‘In the Danakil region, women are nude from the waist up.’
    • ‘‘The Danakil rate a man by the number of men he has killed and castrated,’ says Thesiger.’
    • ‘Some peaks in the Simyen Mountains receive periodic snowfall, while the average temperature of the Danakil is 120 degrees Fahrenheit in the day time.’


From Arabic danāqil, plural of danqalī.