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Nubian

Syllabification: Nu·bi·an
Pronunciation: /ˈn(y)o͞obēən
 
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Definition of Nubian in English:

noun

1A native or inhabitant of Nubia.
Example sentences
  • Cunningham and the group of Islanders joined Nubians, Toda, Zulu and Sioux and ‘the entirely bogus Wild Men of Borneo’ on a tour of North America that lasted almost a year.
  • But the traditionalists point out that the Egyptians distinguished themselves from the Nubians and other African and Mediterranean peoples in appearance and dress.
  • Millions of Egyptian Nubians are committed Muslims who are non-Arab Africans with a glorious history of governing Egypt and Sudan for centuries.
2The Nilo-Saharan language of the Nubians.
Example sentences
  • There are more than one hundred different indigenous languages spoken in Sudan, including Nubian, Ta Bedawie, and dialects of Nilotic and Nilo-Hamitic languages.
3A goat of a short-haired breed with long pendant ears and long legs, originally from Africa.
Example sentences
  • Several characteristics distinguish Nubians from other dairy breeds: They have floppy ears, a convex, Roman nose and an energetic disposition some say is just plain stubborn.
  • To give a summary of our operation, it comprises 400 head of Alpine, LaMancha, Nubian, Saanen and Toggenburg breeds.
  • Milk from Hahns's herd of Nubian, La Mancha and Saanen goats goes into her much-sought-after line of handmade soaps.

adjective

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Relating to Nubia, its people, or their language.
Example sentences
  • For its part the Sony Gallery is showcasing black and white photographs taken in the early 1960s by Abdel-Fattah Eid as part of a project to document Nubian culture before the valley was submerged by Lake Nasser.
  • You can see some Nubian villages at Elephantine Island.
  • Were the sadness, the fear, the ferocity, related to the darker side of Nubian culture?

Origin

from medieval Latin Nubianus, from Nubia 'Nubia', from Latin Nubae 'Nubians'.

Words that rhyme with Nubian

Danubian

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