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Samburu Line breaks: Sam|buru
Pronunciation: /samˈbʊruː/

Definition of Samburu in English:

noun (plural same)

1A member of a mainly pastoral people of northern Kenya.
Example sentences
  • 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.
Example sentences
  • 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.
Example sentences
  • 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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