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From kũratha (to shoot).[1]


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)


mũratho class 3 (plural mĩratho)

  1. first rafters to be set in position[1]
  2. (Northern) a bent stick over tops of posts supporting a roof on which rafters are placed[1]
  3. one of the traditional season, part of the months from September to December[3]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 ratho” in Benson, T.G. (1964). Kikuyu-English dictionary, p. 373. 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. ^ "mwaka" in Benson, op. cit., p. 6.