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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.]
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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]
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(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]
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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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References in classic literature ?
It was entitled "The Sources of the Nile; being a General Survey of the Basin of that River and of its Head-Stream, with the History of the Nilotic Discovery, by Charles Beke, D.D."
Disrespect and systematic injustice since independence are still practised by the politicians of the Northern Nilotic Elites against the components of the marginalized Citizens in Sudan.
Those communities included our own Nilotic ancestors of ancient Arabia, Canaan, Cyprus, Egypt, Libya, Palestine, Sudan and Syria.
Yasuke had (probably) been abducted as a child by neighbouring Nilotic tribesmen, sold into slavery, and, by 23ish, already travelled (and fought) through northeast Africa, Arabia, and round the long coasts of both India and China.
The 27 captured images brought the tradition of the Nilotic ethnic group inhabiting northern, central, and southern Kenya and northern Tanzania, with their culture which has not changed despite being well-educated and capable of change.
In addition, a Tanzanian dressed himself like a Maasai to showcase the Nilotic ethnic group inhabiting northern, central and southern Kenya, besides northern Tanzania.
"This was not the Ethiopia of cool highlands and white flowing traditional dress, but Nilotic Africa, in the blazing southwestern lowlands near the Sudanese border," recalls Steve Buff, a former Peace Corps Volunteer.
In the first chapter, Stephens focuses on the concepts of 'wealth' and 'poverty' among Nilotic language speakers in Eastern Uganda from 1000 CE.
escaped Nilotic Africans' attention who at the height of classical
William Hofmeyr, 51, was on patrol in Kenya when he saw a member of the Maasai people, a Nilotic ethnic group, sleeping under a tree and approached him to warn of a hungry pride of lions nearby.