Definition of Manyatta

1. Noun. (East Africa) A Masai or Samburu settlement or compound, often temporary, established by a family or clan, or as an encampment of young warriors. ¹

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Definition of Manyatta

1. manyata [n -S] - See also: manyata

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Manyatta

many-sorted logic
many-worlds interpretation
many a
many a(a)
many a mickle makes a muckle
many a time and oft
many an
many an(a)
many another(a)
many hands make light work
many happy returns
many more(a)
many thanks
manyatta (current term)

Literary usage of Manyatta

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1. In the Grip of the Nyika: Further Adventures in British East Africa by John Henry Patterson (1909)
"They could hear him as he came closer and closer, making his way towards the manyatta along the sandy bed of the Guaso Merele under the gloomy shade of the ..."

2. The Last of the Masai by Sidney Langford Hinde, Hildegarde Beatrice (Ginsburg) Hinde (1901)
"Every section has usually some three favourite districts, in each of which is a village called a manyatta. When the village becomes very dirty, ..."

3. African Camp Fires by Stewart Edward White (1913)
"They dwell in a separate manyatta. With them dwell promiscuously all the young unmarried women of the tribe. There is no permanent pairing off, ..."

4. The Geographical Journal by Royal Geographical Society (Great Britain). (1906)
"Amongst the Suk confiscation of all property is the invariable rule, and the hut, or manyatta, of the offender is also burnt to the ground. ..."

5. The Rediscovered Country by Stewart Edward White (1915)
"... but without success, except that we learned that two Masai from the German side were at that moment in another manyatta and about to return! ..."

6. Landmine Monitor Report 2003: Toward a Mine-free World : Executive Summary by Human Rights Watch (Organization), International Campaign to Ban Landmines (2003)
":JA manyatta is a cluster of traditional Samburu/Masai huts, which can accommodate up to 300 people. :' "Pastoralist compensation," IRIN. 22 August 2002. ..."

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