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1. Of or relating to the Nile or the Nile Valley.
2. Of or relating to the peoples who speak Nilotic languages.
A large group of Nilo-Saharan languages, spoken in South Sudan, Uganda, Kenya, and northern Tanzania and including Masai.

[Latin Nīlōticus, from Nīlōtis, from Greek Neilōtis, from Neilos, Nile.]


1. (Placename) of or relating to the Nile
2. (Peoples) of, relating to, or belonging to a tall Negroid pastoral people inhabiting South Sudan, parts of Kenya and Uganda, and neighbouring countries
3. (Languages) relating to or belonging to the group of languages spoken by the Nilotic peoples
(Languages) a group of languages of E Africa, including Luo, Dinka, and Masai, now generally regarded as belonging to the Chari-Nile branch of the Nilo-Saharan family
[C17: via Latin from Greek Neilotikós, from Neilos the Nile]


(naɪˈlɒt ɪk)

1. of or pertaining to the Nile River, or the peoples of the Nile River valley.
2. of or pertaining to the Nilotes or their languages.
3. the group of languages spoken by the Nilotes.
[1645–55; < Latin Nīlōticus of the Nile]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Nilotic - a group of languages of East Africa belonging to the Chari-Nile group
Chari-Nile - a group of Nilo-Saharan language spoken in parts of the Sudan and Zaire and Uganda and Tanzania
Dinka - a Nilotic language
Luo - a Nilotic language
Masai - a Nilotic language
Adj.1.Nilotic - of or relating to the Nile River or the people living near it
2.Nilotic - of or relating to or constituting the Nilotic group of languages; "Nilotic syntax"
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When they condescended to do a little trading, they usually swindled the unsophisticated Nilote or paid him with counterfeit coins.
The Bushman, Hottentot and Negrillo cultures", and "The Nilo-Hamites and Nilotes cultures" (64).
The social sanctions that apply to killing fellow Nyangatom also apply to the Omo Murle and the Koegu, who are not Ateker and not even Nilotes but, originally, spoke totally different languages.
See also Jeremy Coote, '"Marvels of Everyday Vision': The Anthropology of Aesthetics and the Cattle Keeping Nilotes," in Anthropology, Art, and Aesthetics, ed.
Son etude de cas s'inscrit plus largement dans ce vaste domaine des etudes de la relation pastorale entre les Nilotes de l'Afrique de l'Est et des bovins, oo deux propositions extremes ont jusqu'ici prevalu: celles qui ont souligne la valeur economique des bovins, et celles qui se sont centrees sur leur valeur symbolique.
The Nilotes and other ethnic groups in the West of Kenya were jealous of their wealthy neighbours the Kikuyu for having the corner on prosperity, so led a revolt to drive the Kikuyu people from their land.
Although remnants of these early tribes still exist, most were gradually displaced by Bantu farmers migrating from the west and south and by Nilotes and related northern peoples.
The Dinka (Jieng) and the Nuer (Naath) are Nilotes from southern Sudan.