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From the genus name.


thuya (plural thuyas)

  1. Any member of the genus Thuya.
    • 1809, James Grey Jackson, An Account of the Empire of Marocco, VIII:
      Thuya, Ara, or Sandrac-tree, is probably the Arbor vitæ of Theophrastus: it is similar in leaf to the juniper, and, besides producing the gum sandrac, the wood is invaluable [...].



Hinde (1904) records thūya and sūya as equivalents of English flea in “Jogowini dialect” of Kikuyu[1].


This u is pronounced long.[2]
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)


thuya class 9/10 (plural thuya)

  1. flea[2][4]
    Synonyms: kĩroboto

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  1. ^ Hinde, Hildegarde (1904). Vocabularies of the Kamba and Kikuyu languages of East Africa, pp. 24–25. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  2. 2.0 2.1 “thuya” in Benson, T.G. (1964). Kikuyu-English dictionary, p. 533. Oxford: Clarendon Press.
  3. ^ 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. ^ Muiru, David N. (2007). Wĩrute Gĩgĩkũyũ: Marĩtwa Ma Gĩgĩkũyũ Mataũrĩtwo Na Gĩthũngũ, p. 10.