One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A member of a mainly pastoral people of northern Kenya.
- ‘The Maasai are speakers of the Maa language, which is also spoken by the Samburu and the Chamus living in central Kenya.’
- ‘Seneiya is a proud Samburu by birth but her broad-based education has given her a different perspective to her tribal contemporaries.’
- ‘I doubt if you get the kind of laughter in the slums of Johannesburg or Nairobi that you still experience among the Samburu in Northern Kenya.’
- ‘For instance, the battle dance of the Samburu contains fierce jumping motions, which simulate actions of a raid.’
- ‘The poorest schools in Kenya are found in the semiarid areas occupied by the nomadic communities like the Maasai, Samburu, Turkana, and Somali.’
2mass noun The Nilotic language of the Samburu.
- ‘The El Molo mainly speak Samburu now, a slightly different dialect.’
- ‘Major ethnic languages in Kenya include Kikuyu, Luo, Kiluyia, Kikamba, Samburu, Maasai, and others.’
Relating to the Samburu or their language.
- ‘When his saviour, Grace Seneiya, an itinerant teacher in the sacred Samburu lands of northern Kenya, set him free, Mitas could barely walk or talk.’
- ‘During the twentieth century, Samburu women started to adopt beaded necklaces, among them the flat necklaces of the Maasai, and gradually stopped making the mporro.’
- ‘Up to 200 members of the Masai and Samburu communities are seeking compensation for the deaths of as many as 50 people killed by unexploded munitions.’
- ‘The most beautiful and sympathetic photographs in the book are those of the Samburu people of Kenya - Thesiger's home for 20 years until he retired to Surrey in 1994.’
- ‘The main lodge stretched above a sandy river bank, shaded by trees where one could look across the river and see Samburu tribesmen and their herds.’
A local name.
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