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Definition of OROMO
: a member of a Cushitic-speaking people of southern Ethiopia and adjacent parts of Kenya
: the Cushitic language of the Oromo
Origin of OROMO
Oromo (western dialect) oromoo, a self-designation, probably from obsolete plural of orma person, stranger
First Known Use: 1893
Major ethnic group of Ethiopia, numbering more than 20 million, or nearly one-third of the population, and occupying much of its central and south-central regions. They speak a Cushitic language of the Afroasiatic family. They are a diverse group, having assimilated and intermarried with other peoples since the 16th century. Traditionally the Oromo were nomadic herders, but today most are settled agriculturalists. Politically they are largely subjugated to the dominant Amhara. In religion they are divided among Islam, the Ethiopian Orthodox faith, and traditional beliefs.