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Nubian

Line breaks: Nu¦bian
Pronunciation: /ˈnjuːbɪən
 
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Definition of Nubian in English:

adjective

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?

noun

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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.
2 [mass noun] The Nilo-Saharan language spoken by 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.

Words that rhyme with Nubian

Danubian

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