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ChichewaEdit

Alternative formsEdit

EtymologyEdit

From a reanalysis of Swahili askari as a plural form, probably via Yao (with possible interference from Swahili serikali (government)). The Swahili word derives from Arabic عَسْكَرِيّ(ʿaskariyy).

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

msilikáli class 1 (plural asilikáli class 2)

  1. soldier

Usage notesEdit

This word is normally spelt with -ili-, despite -iri- being the standard orthography.