Definition of Turkana in English:

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Pronunciation: /təːˈkɑːnə/

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.
2 [mass noun] The 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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