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  • IPA(key): /ðɛ̀ɣɛ̀ɾɛ̀ꜜ/
As for Tonal Class, Benson (1964) classifies this term into Class 1 with a trisyllabic stem, together with kĩberethi, mbogoro, and so on.
  • (Kiambu)


thegere class 9/10 (plural thegere)

  1. small animal that breaks up beehives (mĩatũ) and steals all the honeycombs; honey badger, or ratel[3] (Mellivora capensis)
  2. ichneumon, Egyptian mongoose[4] (Herpestes ichneumon)

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  1. ^ Kingdon, Jonathan (1977). East African Mammals: An Atlas of Evolution in Africa, Volume III Part A (Carnivores), p. 86. Chicago: The University of Chicago Press. →ISBN
  2. ^ 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.
  3. ^ “thegere” in Benson, T.G. (1964). Kikuyu-English dictionary, p. 500. Oxford: Clarendon Press.
  4. ^ Pick, Vittorio Merlo (1967). Favole Kikuyu, p. 105. Torino: Edizioni Missioni Consolata.