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See also: Oya, ọ̀ya, and -’oyą

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RomanizationEdit

oya

  1. Rōmaji transcription of おや

KikuyuEdit

EtymologyEdit

Hinde (1904) records kuoiya as an equivalent of English pick (up) in “Jogowini dialect” of Kikuyu.[1]

PronunciationEdit

VerbEdit

oya (infinitive kuoya)

  1. to pick[2]
    Mũgambo ũrĩ kũgũa thĩ nduoyagwo; woyagwo na ũngĩ.[3]
    A falling voice is not picked up (by the speaker), but by others.
  2. to lift
    Yaarĩĩkia kuuga ũgwo ĩkĩoya magũrũ.[4]
    When he [a hyena (hiti)] had said that he started off. (lit. it just finished saying so lifted feet.)

Derived termsEdit

(Proverbs)

(to pick):
(to lift):

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Hinde, Hildegarde (1904). Vocabularies of the Kamba and Kikuyu languages of East Africa, pp. 46–47. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  2. ^ Barlow, A. Ruffell (1960). Studies in Kikuyu Grammar and Idiom, p. 236.
  3. ^ Barra, G. (1960). 1,000 Kikuyu proverbs: with translations and English equivalents, p. 53. London: Macmillan.
  4. ^ Armstrong, Lilias E. (1940). The Phonetic and Tonal Structure of Kikuyu, pp. 300–301. Rep. 1967. (Also in 2018 by Routledge).