noun \ˈdiŋ-kə\
plural Dinkas also Dinka

Definition of DINKA

:  a member of a pastoral people of the Nile Valley in south central Sudan
:  the Nilotic language of the Dinkas

Origin of DINKA

probably ultimately from Dinka jieŋ, a self-designation
First Known Use: 1861

Rhymes with DINKA


noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Dinka village on the Nile River in the southern Sudan.—Henriette Grindat

Cattle-herding people of the Nile basin in southern Sudan. They speak an eastern Sudanic language of the Nilo-Saharan family and are closely related to the Nuer. Numbering about four million, they are divided into independent groups of 1,000–30,000 persons. Leadership is provided by priest-chiefs. In recent years they have been involved in civil war. See also Nilot.


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