Definition of Tiv in English:


Syllabification: Tiv

noun (plural same or Tivs)

  • 1A member of a people of southeastern Nigeria.
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    • The military intervention is being carried out in the name of restoring peace in the face of inter-tribal clashes between members of the Hausa-Fulani and Tivs.
    • They had been sent to quell violence between two local tribes, the Tivs and Jukuns, and the army blames Tiv militias for their deaths.
    • He noted a similar combination of mental processes among the Tiv.
  • 2The Benue-Congo language of the Tiv.
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    • English is the official language; however, Yoruba, Ibo, and Hausa represent the principal languages, joined by Kanuri, Fulani, Nupe, Tiv, Edo, Ijaw and Ibibio.


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  • Relating to the Tiv or their language.
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    • Another example, probably by the same hand, was published recently with a Benue Valley / Tiv attribution.
    • The massacres sparked violent outbreaks in the Benue state capital, Makurdi, where angry Tiv students from two universities rampaged through the streets Wednesday, armed with sticks, knives and iron bars.
    • Unconfirmed reports suggest that Tiv militias are carrying out massacres.


the name in Tiv.

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