From Proto-Bantu *kɪ̀kʊ̀á. Hinde (1904) records kikoa (pl. ikoa) and kikera as equivalents of English yam in “Jogowini dialect” of Kikuyu, listing also “Ulu dialect” (spoken then from Machakos to coastal area) of Kamba kikwa (pl. ikwa) as its equivalent.
- As for Tonal Class, Armstrong (1940) classifies this term into mote class which includes mũtĩ, gĩthaka, kĩnya, kĩrũũmi, mũcinga, mũgate, mũhaka, mũrũthi, njagĩ, njohi, nyũmba, etc. Benson (1964) classifies this term into Class 2 with a monosyllabic stem, together with mũtĩ, and so on.
gĩkwa class 7 (plural ikwa)
- ^ Hinde, Hildegarde (1904). Vocabularies of the Kamba and Kikuyu languages of East Africa, pp. 68–69. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
- ^ Armstrong, Lilias E. (1940). The Phonetic and Tonal Structure of Kikuyu. Rep. 1967. (Also in 2018 by Routledge).
- ^ 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.
- “gĩkwa” in Benson, T.G. (1964). Kikuyu-English dictionary, p. 249. Oxford: Clarendon Press.