Shil·​luk shi-ˈlük How to pronounce Shilluk (audio)
plural Shilluk or Shilluks
: 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

Word History


probably from dialect Arabic, from Shilluk cɔlɔ, a self-designation

First Known Use

1790, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of Shilluk was in 1790

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“Shilluk.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jul. 2024.

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