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Alternative forms[edit]


Hutchins (1909) records m'Tamàyu as the Kikuyu name for Olea chrysophilla (sic!).[2]


As for Tonal Class, Benson (1964) classifies this term into Class 2.
  • (Kiambu)
  • (Limuru) IPA(key): /mòtàmáíjó/
Yukawa (1981) classifies this term into a group whose remaining member is mũthongorima.[3]


mũtamaiyũ class 3 (plural mĩtamaiyũ)

  1. wild olive,[4], brown olive[4] (Olea europaea subsp. cuspidata, syn. O. africana,[1][5] O. europaea subsp. africana[4], O. chrysophylla)
    Synonym: mũtero

See also[edit]


  1. 1.0 1.1 Kamau, Loice Njeri et al. (2016). "Ethnobotanical survey and threats to medicinal plants traditionally used for the management of human diseases in Nyeri County, Kenya", p. 10. TANG 6(3).
  2. ^ Hutchins, D. E. (1909). Report on the Forests of British East Africa, p. 24. London: Darling & Son.
  3. ^ 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.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Dharani, Najma (2002). Field Guide to Common Trees & Shrubs of East Africa, p. 138. Cape Town: Struik Publishers. Rep. 2005. →ISBN
  5. ^ Leakey, L. S. B. (1977). The Southern Kikuyu before 1903, v. III, p. 1331. London and New York: Academic Press. →ISBN
  • tamaiyũ” in Benson, T.G. (1964). Kikuyu-English dictionary. Oxford: Clarendon Press.