Main definitions of molimo in English

: Molimo1molimo2

Molimo1

noun

South African
  • Among the Sotho speakers of eastern and southern Africa: the supreme being, the Christian God.

Origin

Mid 19th century. From Southern Sotho molimo (medial -l- is not phonetically distinct from -d-, but is the spelling used), shortened from moholimo person who is in the sky from mo-, personal class prefix + holimo above, in the sky.

Pronunciation

Molimo

/məˈdiːməʊ//məˈliːməʊ/

Main definitions of molimo in English

: Molimo1molimo2

molimo2

(also molino)

noun

  • 1A type of wooden trumpet-like musical instrument used by the Mbuti people of the Ituri forest (Democratic Republic of Congo).

  • 2Among the Mbuti people: a religious festival or ritual marking an important occasion such as marriage, death, etc., and characterized by the singing of particular songs.

Origin

1950s. From Lese molimo.

Pronunciation

molimo

/məˈliːməʊ/