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Hinde (1904) records maguta as an equivalent of English oil in “Jogowini dialect” of Kikuyu, listing also Kamba maota and Swahili mafuta as its equivalents[1] and the last one with this term is an example of phonemic correspondence[2].


As for Tonal Class, Armstrong (1940) classifies this term into mbori class which includes mbũri, ikinya (pl. makinya), itimũ, kĩhaato, mbembe, mũgeka, mũrata, nyaga, ũhoro, riitho, riũa, rũrĩmĩ, Kamau (man's name), etc.[3] Benson (1964) classifies this term into Class 3 with a disyllabic stem, together with kĩhaato, mbembe, kiugo, and so on.


maguta class 6

  1. oil, fat
    maguta ma mbarĩki - castor oil

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  1. ^ Hinde, Hildegarde (1904). Vocabularies of the Kamba and Kikuyu languages of East Africa, pp. 44–45. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  2. ^ (Japanese) Yasutoshi Yukawa (1999), 言語学 (Linguistics), p. 202. Tōkyō: Hitsuji Shobō, ↑ISBN
  3. ^ Armstrong, Lilias E. (1940). The Phonetic and Tonal Structure of Kikuyu. Rep. 1967. (Also in 2018 by Routledge).
  4. ^ 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.
  5. ^ Yukawa, Yasutoshi (1985). "A Second Tentative Tonal Analysis of Kikuyu Nouns." In Journal of Asian and African Studies, No. 29, 190–231.
  • maguta” in Benson, T.G. (1964). Kikuyu-English dictionary. Oxford: Clarendon Press.