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n. pl. Nuristani or Nu·ri·sta·nis
1. A member of an Indo-Iranian people inhabiting Nuristan.
2. Any of the Indo-Iranian languages spoken by the Nuristani.
3. A subbranch of the Indo-Iranian branch of the Indo-European language family consisting of the languages of the Nuristani.


(ˌnʊər əˈstɑ ni, -ˈstæn i)

n., pl. -nis.
1. a native or inhabitant of Nuristan.
2. a group of languages spoken in Nuristan.
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He said Nuristanis had no option but to raise household animals for profit and suggested that mining projects could also help generate jobs for the locals.
Because of the treacherous topography of the region, the culture has remained relatively intact as the larger Asian and Middle Eastern neighbors were unable to assimilate the Nuristanis.
Besides providing a wealth of linguistic data, on which the accompanying grammatical study and glossary are entirely based, these texts also provide a revealing overview of the culture and world view of the Nuristanis.
The Nuristani (formerly known as Kafiri) languages of the isolated valleys of northeastern Afghanistan have long fascinated linguists on account of their archaic character and apparent status as an independent branch of the Indo-Iranian protofamily.
The new road between Nuristan and Badakhshan would help resolve many problems the Nuristanis faced due to the frequent closure of the Nuristan-Kunar highway by insurgents.