rũkunyũ

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Kikuyu[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From gũkunya (to pinch).[1]

Pronunciation[edit]

As for Tonal Class, Benson (1964) classifies this term into Class 2 with a disyllabic stem, together with kĩgunyũ, njagĩ, kiugũ, and so on.
  • (Kiambu)
  • (Limuru) IPA(key): /ɾòkòɲǒ/
As for Tonal Class, as rũkũnyũ, Yukawa (1981) classifies this term into a group including gĩkwa (pl. ikwa), ithangũ (pl. mathangũ), kiugũ, kĩboko, kĩgunyũ, kĩnya, kĩroboto, kĩrũũmi, mbogo, mũcinga, mũgate, mũhaka, mũrangi, mũrũthi, ndaraca, ndirica, njohi, nyũmba, thĩ, and so on.[2]

Noun[edit]

rũkunyũ class 11 (plural ngunyũ)

  1. scratch, laceration[1]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. 1.0 1.1 kunyũ” in Benson, T.G. (1964). Kikuyu-English dictionary, p. 237. Oxford: Clarendon Press.
  2. ^ 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.