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From -chanja (make a cut). Originally in the ji-ma class, and later transferred to the n class in Standard Swahili.


  • IPA(key): /ˈt͡ʃɑ.ⁿd͡ʒɔ/
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chanjo (n class, plural chanjo) or chanjo (ma class, plural machanjo)

  1. a gash, incision, cut
  2. (medicine) vaccination, vaccine (substance meant to stimulate production of antibodies)
    • July 2001, Mr. Sambu, Kenya National Assembly Official Record:
      Jukumu la taasisi hiyo ni kutayarisha chanjo za mifugo kama vile ng'ombe, mbuzi, kondoo na hata kuku.
      That institution's responsibility is to prepare vaccines for livestock such as cattle, goats, sheep, and even chickens.