Definition of Mbuti
1a : bambuti In the forest, these Bantu and Sudanic cultivators encountered various groups of hunter-gatherers collectively known in the Ituri as Mbuti. — Richard B. Peterson, Cultural Survival Quarterly, 1990 But capturing the animal is not easy in the dense Ituri, which only the Mbuti know well. — Sandra Mbanefo, Our Living World, October 1992 Egyptian documents indicate that in 2300 b.c. the Egyptians were in contact with Pygmies called Aka, which is still the name of one major Mbuti group … — Luigi Cavalli-Sforza et al., The History and Geography of Human Genes, 1994 … the Mbuti people of Congo hunt communally with nets. — Barbara Ehrenreich, Ms., June/July 1999 b : a member of this people
2 : a Bambuti hunter-gatherer people of the Ituri Forest of central Africa Phylogenetic and sequence divergence estimates indicate that … the Mbuti and Biaka Pygmies had independent origins. — Michael Yudell et al., The Genomic Revolution: Unveiling the Unity of Life, 2002
3 : the language of the Mbuti people
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