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A branch of the Afro-Asiatic language family spoken in Somalia, Ethiopia, Eritrea, and northern Kenya and including Beja, Oromo, and Somali.

Cush·it′ic adj.
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(Languages) a group of languages of Somalia, Ethiopia, NE Kenya, and adjacent regions: a subfamily within the Afro-Asiatic family of languages
(Languages) denoting, relating to, or belonging to this group of languages
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or Kush•it•ic

(kəˈʃɪt ɪk)

a language family of Africa, a branch of the Afroasiatic family, that includes Beja, Oromo, Somali, and a number of other languages, primarily of Ethiopia, Djibouti, Somalia, and NE Kenya.
[1905–10; Cushite (see Cush, -ite1) + -ic]
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Noun1.Cushitic - a group of languages spoken in Ethiopia and Somalia and northwestern Kenya and adjacent regions
Afrasian, Afrasian language, Afroasiatic, Afro-Asiatic, Afroasiatic language, Hamito-Semitic - a large family of related languages spoken both in Asia and Africa
Somali - the Cushitic language spoken by the Somali
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There is actually fevered talk in some chatrooms about the creation of an Islamic Cushitic Federation, covering parts of Ethiopia, Northern Kenya and segments of Somalia, among other federation concepts, theories and dreams.One argument I have seen in a thread on the internet runs like this: "And we could enslave the Tigre and Amhara and either breed with their women to make each ethnic bloc bigger or we could sell them to khaleej Arabs, or we could do both.
Nevertheless, the World knows for fact that the State of Emergency has been as a fait accompli for more than a decade in the Darfur region as well as in the Nuba Mountains, in the Ingassana of South Blue Nile territory and in parts of the Beja ethnic Cushitic peoples inhabiting the enclave in Eastern Sudan.
Tigrinya (official), Arabic (official), English (official), Tigre, Kunama, Afar, other Cushitic languages
Expressions of time--tense and aspect--are little discussed in most grammatical description of Cushitic, Ethio-Semitic, Nilo-Saharan, and Omotic languages spoken at the Horn of Africa, so linguists here seek to fill the void.
But recent DNA testing has suggested that The Iraqw or Mbulu as they are called in local Swahili, are Cushitic people, related to the earliest migrators of the Fiome, and Burunge tribes, traveling into the areas south of Ngorogoro crater, originating in Ethiopia, then Kenya, and finally finding their way to Tanzania where they occupy a vast area of the Arusha and Manyara regions, numbering approximately 450,000 today.
47), but he does not consider, like Blench, that they might have shifted their language from Cushitic to their peculiar Nilo-Saharan.
Nevertheless, outliers (i.e., languages that exhibit a GCS that is exceedingly higher or lower than what found among closely related languages) are attested in the following genealogical units: Bantu, Chadic, Cushitic, Khoe-Kwadi, Eastern Nilotic, Semitic.
African people were classified as Hamitic, Semitic, and Cushitic, Negroid, Neolithic or some other by European scholars who do not have the best interest of Africa and the rest of the world which is not part of Europe at heart.
317), thus indicating that even at that later stage Lower Nubia was inhabited by Nobadai as well as 'Aithiopians', the latter being the descendants or the survivors of the original Meroitic (or Cushitic) population.
(4) Kambaata (Cushitic) (Treis 2008: 128) xorb-u barcum-i ichch aaz-i in afuu'll-itE e 'u ball-F.NOM chair-M.ABL interior-M.ICP sit-3F.PVE 'The ball is [lit.
They include: Russian, Arabic, Vietnamese, Hmong, and Somali as well as languages that many teachers and administrators may never have heard of: Kirundi (from Burundi in Africa), Dzonkha (from the Asian country Bhutan), Cushitic (spoken in parts of Kenya, Tanzania, and the Sudan), and Amharic (from Ethiopia).