noun \shi-ˈlük\
plural Shilluk or Shilluks

Definition of SHILLUK

:  a member of a Nilotic people of the Sudan dwelling mainly on the west bank of the White Nile
:  the language of the Shilluk people

Origin of SHILLUK

probably from dialect Arabic, from Shilluk cɔlɔ, a self-designation
First Known Use: 1790


noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

People living on the western bank of the Nile in The Sudan. They speak an Eastern Sudanic language of the Nilo-Saharan family and are sedentary agriculturalists who keep cattle, sheep, and goats. Historically, they were united in a single tribal state headed by a divine king whose physical and ritual well-being was held to ensure the state's prosperity. In addition to several classes of royalty, the Shilluk traditionally were divided into royal retainers, commoners, and slaves. See also Nilot.


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