Main meanings of molimo in English

: molimo1Molimo2

molimo1

(also molino)

Pronunciation /məˈliːməʊ/

noun

  • 1A type of wooden trumpet-like musical instrument used by the Mbuti people of the Ituri forest (Democratic Republic of Congo).

  • 2Among the Mbuti people: a religious festival or ritual marking an important occasion such as marriage, death, etc., and characterized by the singing of particular songs.

Origin

1950s. From Lese molimo.

Main meanings of Molimo in English

: molimo1Molimo2

Molimo2

Pronunciation /məˈdiːməʊ/ /məˈliːməʊ/

noun

South African
  • Among the Sotho speakers of eastern and southern Africa: the supreme being, the Christian God.

Origin

Mid 19th century. From Southern Sotho molimo (medial -l- is not phonetically distinct from-d-, but is the spelling used), shortened from moholimo person who is in the sky from mo-, personal class prefix + holimo above, in the sky.