Mbuti

noun Mbu·ti \ em-ˈbü-tē \

Definition of Mbuti

plural Mbuti or Mbutis
1 a : bambuti
  • In the forest, these Bantu and Sudanic cultivators encountered various groups of hunter-gatherers collectively known in the Ituri as Mbuti.
  • —Richard B. PetersonCultural Survival Quarterly1990
  • But capturing the animal is not easy in the dense Ituri, which only the Mbuti know well.
  • —Sandra MbanefoOur Living WorldOctober 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 Genes1994
  • … the Mbuti people of Congo hunt communally with nets.
  • —Barbara EhrenreichMs.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 Life2002
3 : the language of the Mbuti people

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First Known Use of mbuti

1977


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