barabara

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Japanese[edit]

Romanization[edit]

barabara

  1. Rōmaji transcription of ばらばら

Kikuyu[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from Swahili barabara.[1]

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /βàɾàβàɾàꜜ/
As for Tonal Class, Benson (1964) classifies this term into Class 1 with a tetrasyllabic stem.
  • (Kiambu)

Noun[edit]

barabara class 9/10 (plural barabara)

  1. road[3]
    barabara ĩno - this road
    barabara ici - these roads
    Synonyms: bara, njĩra

References[edit]

  1. ^ “barabara” in Benson, T.G. (1964). Kikuyu-English dictionary, p. 24. Oxford: Clarendon Press.
  2. ^ Yukawa, Yasutoshi (1981). "A Tentative Tonal Analysis of Kikuyu Nouns: A Study of Limuru Dialect." In Journal of Asian and African Studies, No. 22, 75–123.
  3. ^ Muiru, David N. (2007). Wĩrute Gĩgĩkũyũ: Marĩtwa Ma Gĩgĩkũyũ Mataũrĩtwo Na Gĩthũngũ, p. 18.

Swahili[edit]

barabara

Etymology 1[edit]

Possibly from Arabic بَرّ (barr, land, earth).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ɓɑrɑˈɓɑrɑ/

Noun[edit]

barabara (n class, plural barabara)

  1. road (strip of land made suitable for travel)
    maisha ni barabara ndefu
    life is a long road
    Synonyms: njia

Descendants[edit]

Etymology 2[edit]

From Persian برابر (barābar).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ɓɑˈrɑɓɑrɑ/

Adjective[edit]

barabara (invariable)

  1. proper, correct, exactly right

Adverb[edit]

barabara

  1. exactly, precisely