Definition of Samburu in English:


Line breaks: Sam|buru
Pronunciation: /samˈbʊruː

noun (plural same)

  • 1A member of a mainly pastoral people of northern Kenya.
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    • I doubt if you get the kind of laughter in the slums of Johannesburg or Nairobi that you still experience among the Samburu in Northern Kenya.
    • Seneiya is a proud Samburu by birth but her broad-based education has given her a different perspective to her tribal contemporaries.
    • For instance, the battle dance of the Samburu contains fierce jumping motions, which simulate actions of a raid.
  • 2 [mass noun] The Nilotic language of the Samburu.
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    • Major ethnic languages in Kenya include Kikuyu, Luo, Kiluyia, Kikamba, Samburu, Maasai, and others.
    • The El Molo mainly speak Samburu now, a slightly different dialect.


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  • Relating to the Samburu or their language.
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    • The main lodge stretched above a sandy river bank, shaded by trees where one could look across the river and see Samburu tribesmen and their herds.
    • During the twentieth century, Samburu women started to adopt beaded necklaces, among them the flat necklaces of the Maasai, and gradually stopped making the mporro.
    • Up to 200 members of the Masai and Samburu communities are seeking compensation for the deaths of as many as 50 people killed by unexploded munitions.


a local name.

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