Nilo-Saharan


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Ni·lo-Sa·har·an

 (nī′lō-sə-hăr′ən, -hä′rən)
n.
A language family of sub-Saharan Africa spoken in the interior from Nigeria to Kenya and including Kanuri, Nubian, and the Nilotic languages.

Nilo-Saharan

(ˌnaɪləʊsəˈhɑːrən)
n
(Languages) a family of languages of Africa, spoken chiefly by Nilotic peoples in a region extending from the Sahara to Kenya and Tanzania, including the Chari-Nile, Saharan, Songhai, and other branches. Classification is complicated by the fact that many languages spoken in this region belong to the unrelated Afro-Asiatic, Kordofanian, and Niger-Congo families
adj
(Languages) relating to or belonging to this family of languages
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Nilo-Saharan - a family of East African languages spoken by Nilotic peoples from the Sahara south to Kenya and Tanzania
natural language, tongue - a human written or spoken language used by a community; opposed to e.g. a computer language
Chari-Nile - a group of Nilo-Saharan language spoken in parts of the Sudan and Zaire and Uganda and Tanzania
Saharan - a Nilo-Saharan language spoken in parts of Chad
Songhai - a Nilo-Saharan language spoken by the Songhai in Mali and Niger
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in Ethiopia, offers an extended study of ethnobotany in this work, where plant names and uses are compiled for the Awi, Gumuz, and Shinasha people of Ethiopia, who speak, respectively, languages in the Cushitic, Nilo-Saharan, and Omotic families.
Their language, Tebu, is a member of the Nilo-Saharan language family.
The topic of Akkadian and Amorite has very smartly been reduced to simply Akkadian, Jewish Palestinian Aramaic has been replaced with Baby-Ionian Jewish Aramaic, and the chapter on Nilo-Saharan languages has become focused on a single language, Kanuri.