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manyatta

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EtymologyEdit

Borrowing from Maasai manyatta.

NounEdit

manyatta (plural manyattas)

  1. (East Africa) A Masai or Samburu settlement or compound, often temporary, established by a family or clan, or as an encampment of young warriors. [from 20th c.]
    • 1901, Sidney Langford Hinde, The Last of the Masai:
      The Masai tribes, or sections of tribes, haunt certain districts. Every section has usually some three favourite districts, in each of which is a village called a manyatta.
    • 2012, Jackson Ntirkana, ‎Wilson Meikuaya, The Last Maasai Warriors: An Autobiography:
      All of the inhabitants worked together for two full moon cycles to build their manyattas, bomas for the cows and a fence that spanned the length of two big football pitches to protect everyone from the lions.