Ni·​lot·​ic nī-ˈlä-tik How to pronounce Nilotic (audio)
: of or relating to the Nile or the peoples of the Nile basin
: of, relating to, or being the languages of the Nilotic people

Examples of Nilotic in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Additionally, there does seem to be admixture from Nilotic groups into Ethiopian, but not Somali, populations. Razib Khan, Discover Magazine, 10 June 2011

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Word History


Latin Niloticus, from Greek Neilōtēs, from Neilos Nile

First Known Use

1653, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of Nilotic was in 1653

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“Nilotic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Nov. 2023.

Kids Definition


Ni·​lot·​ic nī-ˈlät-ik How to pronounce Nilotic (audio)
: of or relating to the Nile or the peoples of the Nile basin
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