One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A member of a Pygmy people of western Uganda and adjacent areas of the Democratic Republic of Congo (Zaire).
- ‘Streams and forests are being degraded, the livelihoods of the indigenous people, the Mbuti, in the Okapi Wildlife Reserve are threatened, and wildlife is being destroyed at an alarming rate.’
- ‘The Mbutis (of the Pygmy group) in central West Africa, for example, were pushed all the way into the Ituri Forest of DRC and Gabon.’
- ‘The choreographer is a long-time fan of the polyphonic vocalizing of the Aka clan of the Mbuti (commonly known as Pygmy).’
- ‘Some of these groups are the Aka, Baka, Efe, and Mbuti.’
- ‘Within Africa, the two Pygmy groups have the lowest heterozygosity, and the Mbuti markedly so.’
Relating to the Mbuti.
- ‘In particular, the Mbuti population shows highest genetic variation but a lower value for the expansion index compared with those for Central Africans, Europeans, and East Asians.’
- ‘The Mbuti people are renowned for a vocal style in which many voices simultaneously sing different, independent melodies.’
The name in local languages.
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