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 (to͞ot′sē) also Wa·tut·si (wä-) or Wa·tu·si (-to͞o′-)
n. pl. Tutsi or Tut·sis also Watutsi or Wa·tut·sis or Watusi or Wa·tu·sis
A member of a Bantu-speaking people inhabiting Rwanda and Burundi.



n, pl -si or -sis
(Peoples) a member of a people of Rwanda and Burundi, probably a Nilotic people


(ˈtut si)

n., pl. -sis, (esp. collectively) -si.
a member of a tall-statured, traditionally pastoral people of the kingdoms W of Lake Victoria in E Africa: a ruling caste in these kingdoms and in the modern successor states of Rwanda until 1961 and Burundi up to the present.
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Noun1.Tutsi - a member of a Bantu speaking people living in Rwanda and BurundiTutsi - a member of a Bantu speaking people living in Rwanda and Burundi
Burundi, Republic of Burundi - a landlocked republic in east central Africa on the northeastern shore of Lake Tanganyika
Ruanda, Rwanda, Rwandese Republic - a landlocked republic in central Africa; formerly a German colony
Bantu - a member of any of a large number of linguistically related peoples of Central and South Africa


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Much of the world has little knowledge of Rwanda beyond the 1994 genocide that was planned to wipe out the Batutsi, or as they are generally referred to, the Tutsi, from the face of the earth.
Le texte [de l'accord d'Arusha] s'ordonne selon les travaux des cinq commissions: [...] 2) Democratie et bonne gouvernance : principes d'une nouvelle Constitution reconnaissant les trois entites ethniques (Bahutu, Batutsi, Batwa), Parlement subdivise en une Assemblee nationale et un Senat de deux delegues par province issus chacun de l'une des deux principales ethnies, executif dirige par un president flanque de deux vice-presidents d'ethnies et de partis differents, reforme de la justice, correction des desequilibres au sein de la fonction publique, creation d'un ombudsman, [...] avec [...] un executif chapeaute par un president et un vice-president [italiques dans l'original].
The indigenous population consists of three groups, or ubwoko--Bahutu, Batutsi, and Batwa.
(12) The government's official website claims that "[w]hile the relationship between the king and the rest of the population was unequal, the relationship between the ordinary Bahutu, Batutsi and Batwa (13) was one of mutual benefit mainly through the exchange of their labour.
Bahutu farmers and Batutsi herders moved in progressively between the 10th and 15th centuries.
[4] Denominacion de donde se derivan batutsi y tutsi,
(76) The Kyaka area first hosted refugees in the 1950s following the political turmoil in Rwanda that led to the flight of thousands of Batutsi into Uganda.
Protocol // contains the formulation: "Burundi shall be a sovereign independent nation, united but respecting its ethnic and religious diversity and recognizing the Bahutu, the Batutsi and the Batwa, who make up the one nation of Burundi", Article 2.1.
For example, the Batimbo, or master drummers, of the Batutsi family of Burundi could spend a month or more in one drumming ceremony alone.
There have been at least two major trends in the interpretation of the causes of the tragedy: on the one hand, a tendency to blame the 'secular hatred' between the Bahutu and Batutsi; on the other a judgement against the legacy of colonial policies.
While Fossey's actions represented a huge inconvenience for the Bahutu and Batutsi farmers, for the Batwa they proved devastating.