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As for Tonal Class, Benson (1964) classifies this term into Class 1 with a trisyllabic stem, together with kĩberethi, mbogoro, and so on.
  • (Kiambu)


mwathani class 1 (plural aathani)

  1. (Christianity) Lord[2]
  2. master, ruler[2]

Usage notes[edit]

  • (Lord): In the Bible, this term is found almost always with capitalization, i.e. Mwathani.

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See also[edit]


  1. ^ 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.
  2. 2.0 2.1 mwathani” in Benson, T.G. (1964). Kikuyu-English dictionary, p. 19. Oxford: Clarendon Press.