n. pl. Somali or So·ma·lis
1. A native or inhabitant of Somalia.
2. A member of a traditionally Muslim people of Somalia and adjacent parts of Ethiopia, Kenya, Eritrea, and Djibouti.
3. The Cushitic language of the Somali and an official language of Somalia.
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