One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A member of an East African people living between Lake Turkana and the Nile.
- ‘The Turkana would be in far worse condition if mobility were not an option.’
- ‘But over the years, more and more Ariaal - like the Masai and the Turkana in Kenya and the Tuaregs and Bedouins elsewhere in Africa - are settling down.’
- ‘For the Turkana, the beneficent god Akuj is white and luminous, whereas the bad spirit called Ekipe is black or red.’
- ‘Not only does the Turkana's lifestyle provide a challenge for health care, but the region's poor roads and bridges also hamper healthcare delivery.’
2mass noun The Nilotic language of the Turkana, spoken by about 250,000 people.
Relating to the Turkana or their language.
- ‘This married woman's apron, probably dating from the 1980s, played an important part in many events of Turkana life.’
- ‘In recent decades, Turkana women have progressively ceased to wear their traditional skin clothing, primarily because of recurrent droughts and famine in the region.’
- ‘As a response to the drought and heavy herd losses, Turkana district began receiving famine relief in March 1993.’
- ‘Originally used by girls as fertility dolls, Turkana dolls have been made for sale to tourists over the past few decades.’
- ‘The pastoral Turkana tribe, whose cattle still graze the arid moonscape surrounding the lake, hold two things sacred: water and grass.’
A local name.
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