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EtymologyEdit

From Swahili matatu.

NounEdit

matatu (plural matatus or matatu)

  1. (Kenya) A minivan often used as a share taxi.
    Synonym: mathree (slang)
    • 1982, United Nations Centre for Human Settlements Habitat News:
      A matatu is also more profitable when driven by its owner than by an employed driver, or if the employee-driver pays in all the earnings and the owner meets the operating costs, rather than when the owner demands a fixed sum of money daily, with the operator keeping the surplus.
    • 2010, Philo Ikonya, Leading the Night, page 102:
      For now, matatus made lanes along both sides of tarmac main roads and went over, around or through potholes depending on their speed.
    • 2017, Kenda Mutongi, Matatu: A History of Popular Transportation in Nairobi, page 98:
      Memories of their sense of trepidation, or even the anger, aboard a matatu could still be visceral.

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matatu m (plural matatus)

  1. matatu

SwahiliEdit

EtymologyEdit

From -tatu (three), based on the original price of three shillings.

NounEdit

matatu (ma class, plural matatu)

  1. (Kenya) matatu
    Synonyms: mathree, moshogi, shedhi

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matatu

  1. Ma class inflected form of -tatu.