Explanation of the word "mto" in Swahili. While asking for the definition of a single word seems foolish in the 21st century, could I clarify why many dictionaries define "mto" as both "pillow" and "river"? Is there some cultural/historical explanation of this (that could let me better appreciate the word)?
Oct 28, 2017 1:53 PM
Answers · 3
It is perfectly possible that both words had a separate history but ended up with the same spelling. There's very little information online on Swahili etymology, but you might appreciate (as a comparison) that the word "sound" in English has several different meanings (something audible; healthy; a body of water; to ascertain depth), and those differences come from separate word-histories.
October 28, 2017
These are words with similar pronounciation but different meanings. Maneno haya huitwa vitawe kwa Kiswahili.
March 27, 2018
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