One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Among the Sotho speakers of eastern and southern Africa: the supreme being, the Christian God.
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.
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.
1950s. From Lese molimo.
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