One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A member of a people inhabiting western Tanzania.
- ‘The Nyamwezi (originally and also Wanyamwezi) are the second-largest of over 120 ethnic groups in Tanzania.’
- ‘At the same time, formal education equips the Nyamwezi with basic skills for life in modern Tanzanian society.’
- ‘Many Nyamwezi also speak English and the languages of neighboring ethnic groups, such as Kisukuma, the language of the Sukuma people.’
- ‘I have been compiling this bibliography in the course of research on the folklore of the Sukuma and Nyamwezi of Tanzania, which I began in 1993.’
- ‘Besides the tourist market, the Nyamwezi in former times carved thrones for their chiefs.’
2mass noun The Bantu language of the Nyamwezi, related to Sukuma and having about 900,000 speakers.
- ‘Sukuma and Nyamwezi, spoken in western Tanzania, form a dialect continuum.’
- ‘Hulu may mean ‘Cease’ and ‘Desist’ in Swahili but Lulu means ‘bitter’ in Nyamwezi, Nyaturucha, and Sukuma.’
Relating to the Nyamwezi or their language.
- ‘Sungusungu is often referred to as an ‘army of the ancestors’ because of its close emergence within the Sukuma and Nyamwezi ethnic groups.’
- ‘Relations with the ancestors and respect for Nyamwezi traditions are maintained through ritual activity such as animal sacrifices and other ceremonies.’
- ‘Starting in 1891, Nyamwezi Chief Isike fought the Germans in Tabora region in the Western part of Tanganyika.’
- ‘The Nyamwezi people, also called the Wanyamwezi, live in the East African country of Tanzania.’
- ‘It unraveled in the second half of the nineteenth century as the Nyamwezi trader, Msiri, allied with Swahili traders, intervened in succession disputes and undermined the integrity of the kingdom.’
A local name.
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