Pronunciation: (swä-hē'lē), [key]
—pl. -lis, (esp. collectively) -li for 1.
1. a member of a Bantu people of Zanzibar and the neighboring coast of Africa.
2. Also,Kiswahili,ki-Swahili.the Bantu language of the Swahili people, used also as a lingua franca in Tanzania, Kenya, and parts of Zaire.
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