Kiswahili

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Kiswahili (uncountable)

  1. Swahili, an agglutinative Bantu language widely spoken in East Africa.

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Etymology[edit]

From the Arabic adjective سواحل (sawāḥil, coastal dwellers), plural of ساحل (sāḥil, boundary, coast). The ki- prefix is the language noun class of the Kiswahili language. The -i suffix is said by some to be Arabic's نسبة (nisba, ي- suffix denoting descent or origin), but by others to be for phonetic reasons.

Noun[edit]

Kiswahili (ki-vi class, no plural)

  1. Swahili language

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