Definition of Nuer in English:

Nuer

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Pronunciation: /ˈnuːə
 
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noun (plural same or Nuers)

  • 1A member of an African people of South Sudan and Ethiopia, traditionally pastoralists and cattle-rearers.
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    • Ethnic conflict had been simmering in Gambella since early December over land and grazing rights between the Anuaks and other ethnic groups, including the Nuers and Majingers.
    • The Nuer (or Naath as they call themselves) have suffered greatly from the genocidal conflict in southern Sudan, which alas is different from the recently-reported genocidal conflict in western Sudan.
    • Rosaldo critiques Evans-Pritchard for ignoring the relationship of ‘imperial domination’ between himself and the Nuer.
  • 2 [mass noun] The Nilotic language of the Nuer, with about 840,000 speakers.
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    • However, some contrary evidence is provided by the failure of the Nilotic language Nuer to become more popular.

adjective

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  • Relating to the Nuer or their language.
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    • As we walked to the open-air worship area, one class after the other sang a psalm or hymn in the Nuer language.
    • In 2003, he fought against pro-government Nuer factions for control of Wahdah province, but lost.
    • Garang and Reik Machar, his erstwhile Nuer rival, for years locked horns in a furious struggle for supremacy.

Origin

the name in Dinka.

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