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EtymologyEdit

From Proto-Bantu *njògù. Hinde (1904) records njogu as an equivalent of English elephant in “Jogowini dialect” of Kikuyu, listing also Kamba unzōō and Swahili ndovu etc. as its equivalents[1].

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /ᶮdʑɔ̀ɣù(ꜜ)/
As for Tonal Class, Armstrong (1940) classifies this term into moondo class which includes mũndũ, huko, igego, igoti, inooro, irigũ, irũa, kĩbaata, kĩmũrĩ, kũgũrũ, mũciĩ, mũgeni, mũri, mwaki (fire), ndaka, ndigiri, njagathi, Mũrĩmi (man's name), etc.[2] Benson (1964) classifies this term into Class 1 with a disyllabic stem, together with ndaka, and so on.

NounEdit

njogu 9 or 10 (plural njogu)

  1. elephant

Derived termsEdit

(Proverbs)

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Hinde, Hildegarde (1904). Vocabularies of the Kamba and Kikuyu languages of East Africa, pp. 20–21. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  2. ^ Armstrong, Lilias E. (1940). The Phonetic and Tonal Structure of Kikuyu. Rep. 1967. (Also in 2018 by Routledge).
  3. ^ 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.
  • “njogu” in Benson, T.G. (1964). Kikuyu-English dictionary. Oxford: Clarendon Press.