Definition of Shilluk in English:

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Pronunciation: /SHəˈlo͝ok/

noun (plural same or Shilluks)

1A member of a Sudanese people living mainly on the west bank of the Nile.
Example sentences
  • There are Shilluk too in Melbourne, a long way from the River Nile.
  • He ran unsuccessfully for governor in Upper Nile; a Shilluk, he was defeated by a Nuer rival and later accepted a ministerial post in Khartoum.
  • In the indigenous religion of the Shilluk, kings are considered holy men and are thought to embody the spirit of the god Nyikang.
2The Nilotic language of the Shilluk.
Example sentences
  • The program nurse gently spoke with her in Shilluk to explain that surgery might relieve some of her pain, but could not restore her vision.


Relating to the Shilluk or their language.
Example sentences
  • A mission has confirmed that at least 70,000 people have been displaced by a month of fighting in the Shilluk kingdom, in the Upper Nile region.
  • An estimated 40 per cent of the southern Sudanese are Dinka, while 20 per cent belong to the culturally and linguistically related Nilotic Nuer and Shilluk ethnic groups.
  • He had to overcome intense heat, inhospitable conditions and disease in his pursuit to make lasting records of the lives of the Shilluk, Dinka, Nuer, Nuba and Jur peoples.


The name in Shilluk.

Words that rhyme with Shilluk

betook, book, brook, Brooke, Chinook, chook, Coke, cook, Cooke, crook, forsook, Gluck, hook, look, mistook, nook, partook, rook, schnook, schtuck, shook, Tobruk, took, undercook, undertook

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Syllabification: Shil·luk

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