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KikuyuEdit

EtymologyEdit

Cf. Swahili kiroboto (flea)[1]

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /kèɾɔ̀βɔ̀tɔ̌/
As for Tonal Class, Benson (1964) classifies this term into Class 5 with a trisyllabic stem, together with kĩboboto, ndaraca, and so on.

NounEdit

kĩroboto class 7 (plural iroboto)

  1. (big)[1] flea
    Synonym: thuya

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 roboto” in Benson, T.G. (1964). Kikuyu-English dictionary, p. 402. 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.
  3. ^ Yukawa, Yasutoshi (1985). "A Second Tentative Tonal Analysis of Kikuyu Nouns." In Journal of Asian and African Studies, No. 29, 190–231.