mkeka

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Swahili.

Noun[edit]

mkeka ‎(plural mkekas)

  1. The decorative mat on which ceremonial symbols are laid out during Kwanzaa celebrations.
    • 2005, Christine Webster, How to Draw Kwanzaa Symbols (page 6)
      Some African Americans use handmade, African mkekas. Some people weave their own mkekas at home. The mkeka is a very important symbol of Kwanzaa because all of the other holiday symbols rest upon it.

Swahili[edit]

Noun[edit]

mkeka (m-mi class, plural mikeka)

  1. plaited mat