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This ĩ is pronounced long.[1]
As for Tonal Class, Benson (1964) classifies this term into Class 4 with a trisyllabic stem, together with kĩhengere, kĩariũngũ, and so on.
  • (Kiambu) IPA(key): /moìɾéːtù(ꜜ)/
Armstrong (1940:52) records that this term has the same tonal pattern as mũceere, mbarathi, ndũrũme, mũthanga, and Mũthũngũ in isolation.[2]


mũirĩtu class 1 (plural airĩtu)

  1. big circumcised girl; maiden

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  1. ^ irĩtu” in Benson, T.G. (1964). Kikuyu-English dictionary. Oxford: Clarendon Press.
  2. ^ Armstrong, Lilias E. (1940). The Phonetic and Tonal Structure of Kikuyu. Rep. 1967. (Also in 2018 by Routledge).
  3. ^ Kagaya, Ryohei (1981). "An Analysis of Tonal Classification of Noun in the Kabete Dialect of Kikuyu." In Journal of Asian and African Studies, No. 22, 1–20.
  4. ^ 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.