See also: yoruba


English Wikipedia has an article on:


Borrowed from Yoruba Yorùbá.


  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈjɒɹʊbə/
  • (US) IPA(key): /ˈjɔːɹəbə/
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Yoruba pl (plural only)

  1. An ethnic group or tribe living mainly in southwest Nigeria, southern Benin, and eastern Togo and, as well as in communities elsewhere in West Africa, Brazil and Cuba.

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  1. A sub-Saharan language. It belongs to the Benue-Congo branch of the Niger-Congo language family, and has nearly 40 million speakers in Nigeria, Benin, Togo and Sierra Leone, as well as communities in Brazil and Cuba.
    • 2005, Helen Oyeyemi, The Icarus Girl, Bloomsbury, page 48:
      In the parlour, she could hear Aunty Biola attempting to teach her father Yoruba, collapsing into helpless giggles whenever he mispronounced his vowels, giving them the flat English sound instead of lifting them upwards with the slight outward puff of breath that was required.
  2. An African traditional religion which spawned various offshoots in the Americas in the 15th to 19th centuries. These include santería and Lucumí. See Yoruba religion.
    • 1979, Zacchaeus Akin Ademuwagun, John A. A. Ayoade, Ira E. Harrison, Dennis M. Warren, African therapeutic systems, Crossroads Press, page 130:
      The Yoruba practitioner describes it as a condition where a man's semen will flow out of the vagina before fertilization can take place.
    • 2003, P. Adelumo Dopamu, Samuel O. Oyewole, African Culture, Modern Science, and Religious Thought, African Centre for Religions and the Sciences, →ISBN, page 445:
      The Yoruba practitioner has no difficulty in knowing the difference between what we have classified as magic, medicine or sorcery.
    • 2011, Philemon Omerenma Amanze, African Traditional Medicine, Author House, →ISBN, page 20:
      This is because when the Yoruba practitioner heals a stomach ache, he uses medicine, when he protects someone from accident, he uses magic, and when he invokes for the purpose of harming or killing a person, he uses sorcery.
    • 2012, Velma E. Love, Divining the Self: A Study in Yoruba Myth and Human Consciousness, Penn State Press, →ISBN, page 25:
      She was not a Yoruba practitioner but nevertheless had asked for a “birth reading” for her newborn daughter.


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Yoruba Wikipedia has an article on:
Wikipedia yo


Likely derived from an exonym from neighboring groups, such as Hausa, Fulani, or Bariba. Originally a term used to refer to only members of the Oyo people, now refer to all Yoruba people

  1. According to Kọlá Túbọ̀sún, a contraction of yaro and ọba, "Children of the Ọba," (referring to the Alaafin of Oyo).
  2. Often claimed to come from the supposed Fulfulde word yaribansa or yariba, meaning deceitful, or trickster.


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  1. Yoruba (people)
  2. Yoruba (language)