nyama

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Chichewa[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Proto-Bantu *nɲàmà.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

nyama 9 (plural nyama 10)

  1. animal
  2. meat

Fanagalo[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Zulu inyama, from Proto-Bantu *nɲàmà.

Noun[edit]

nyama

  1. meat

Kikuyu[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

Hinde (1904) records nyama as an equivalent of English meat in “Jogowini dialect” of Kikuyu, listing also “Ulu dialect” (spoken then from Machakos to coastal area) of Kamba nyamma and “Nganyawa dialect” (spoken then in Kitui District) of Kamba nama, and Swahili nyama as its equivalents.[1]

Pronunciation[edit]

As for Tonal Class, Armstrong (1940) classifies this term into moondo class which includes mũndũ, huko, igego, igoti, inooro, irigũ, irũa, kĩbaata, kĩmũrĩ, kũgũrũ, mũciĩ, mũgeni, mũri, mwaki (fire), ndaka, ndigiri, njagathi, njogu, Mũrĩmi (man's name), etc.[2] Benson (1964) classifies this term into Class 1 with a disyllabic stem, together with ndaka, and so on.
  • (Kiambu)

Noun[edit]

nyama 9

  1. meat, flesh
Derived terms[edit]

(Proverbs)

See also[edit]

Etymology 2[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

As for Tonal Class, Benson (1964) classifies this term into Class 3 with a disyllabic stem, together with kĩhaato, mbembe, kiugo, and so on.
  • (Kiambu)

Noun[edit]

nyama 9 or 10 (plural nyama)

  1. aardvark[4][5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Hinde, Hildegarde (1904). Vocabularies of the Kamba and Kikuyu languages of East Africa, pp. 38–39. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  2. ^ Armstrong, Lilias E. (1940). The Phonetic and Tonal Structure of Kikuyu. Rep. 1967. (Also in 2018 by Routledge).
  3. 3.0 3.1 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.
  4. ^ “nyama” in Benson, T.G. (1964). Kikuyu-English dictionary, p. 340. Oxford: Clarendon Press.
  5. ^ Leakey, L. S. B. (1977). The Southern Kikuyu before 1903], v. I, p. 455. →ISBN

Lala (South Africa)[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Proto-Bantu *nɲàmà.

Noun[edit]

nyama

  1. meat

Lingala[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Proto-Bantu *nɲàmà.

Noun[edit]

nyama 9 (plural nyama 10, colloquial plural banyama 2)

  1. animal
  2. meat
  3. idiot

Shona[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Proto-Bantu *nɲàmà.

Noun[edit]

nyama 9 (plural nyama 10)

  1. meat

Swahili[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Proto-Bantu *nɲàmà.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (file)
  • (file)

Noun[edit]

nyama (n class, no plural)

  1. meat

Related terms[edit]


Tsonga[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Proto-Bantu *nɲàmà.

Noun[edit]

nyama 9

  1. meat