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Borrowed from Swahili bangili, ultimately from certain Indo-Aryan language(s)[1] (cf. Hindi बंग्ली (baṅglī)).


As for Tonal Class, Benson (1964) classifies this term into Class 4 with a trisyllabic stem, together with kĩhengere, kĩariũngũ, and so on.
  • (Kiambu)
  • (Limuru) As for Tonal Class,  Yukawa (1981) classifies this term into a group including mũhĩrĩga, thakame, and so on.[3]


bangiri class 9/10 (plural bangiri)

  1. bangle


  1. ^ Njagi, James Kinyua. (2016). "Lexical Borrowing and Semantic Change: A Case of English and Gĩkũyũ Contact", p. 5.
  2. ^ Clements, George N. and Kevin C. Ford (1979). "Kikuyu Tone Shift and Its Synchronic Consequences", p. 189. In Linguistic Inquiry, Vol. 10, No. 2, pp. 179–210.
  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.
  • “bangiri” in Benson, T.G. (1964). Kikuyu-English dictionary. Oxford: Clarendon Press.