Definition of Turkana in English:

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Pronunciation: /tərˈkänə/

noun (plural same)

1A member of an East African people living between Lake Turkana and the Nile.
Example sentences
  • But over the years, more and more Ariaal - like the Masai and the Turkana in Kenya and the Tuaregs and Bedouins elsewhere in Africa - are settling down.
  • Not only does the Turkana's lifestyle provide a challenge for health care, but the region's poor roads and bridges also hamper healthcare delivery.
  • For the Turkana, the beneficent god Akuj is white and luminous, whereas the bad spirit called Ekipe is black or red.
2The Nilotic language of the Turkana, spoken by about 250,000 people.


Relating to the Turkana or their language.
Example sentences
  • In recent decades, Turkana women have progressively ceased to wear their traditional skin clothing, primarily because of recurrent droughts and famine in the region.
  • This married woman's apron, probably dating from the 1980s, played an important part in many events of Turkana life.
  • Originally used by girls as fertility dolls, Turkana dolls have been made for sale to tourists over the past few decades.


A local name.

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Syllabification: Tur·ka·na

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