Idoma language

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Idoma
Region Benue State, Central Nigeria
Ethnicity Idoma
Native speakers
(600,000 cited 1991)[1]
Niger–Congo
Language codes
ISO 639-3 idu
Glottolog idom1241[2]
Idoma.jpeg

Idoma is the second official language spoken in the Benue State in southeast-central Nigeria, by approximately 600,000 people (1991 estimate). The Idoma language is made up of the dialects of Agatu, Otukpo, Otukpa, Orokam-Aalala, Akpa Agila, Utonkon, Etilo, Iyala. The Idoma people are predominantly hunters, farmers and fishermen. They are peace loving people and hospitable and comprises mainly Christians, few Muslims and many traditional religious worshipers. they are bordered to the north by Nasarawa, south by cross river, east by Taraba and west by Enugu and Kogi States [1]

Animal names

English Idoma
dog ewo
Leopard eje
lion agaba
elephant adagba
squirrel ocha
grand squirrel okwleje
antelope awi
gorilla obagwu
cow ena
scorpion ena; akpe
goat ewu
male-goat opi
horse onya
sheep ala; adangba
ram omede
hawk uche
kite omaga
eagle okpe
snake egwa
boa (snake) idu
python (snake) idili
lizard apa
mamba (snake) aka
cobra (snake) owa
mole (snake) ekwu
viper (snake) ogwiji
crocodile ikwu
partridge ewa
monkey eka
parrot iga
rooster obugwu
mice iyumbe
rat ifu; ikrekwu
chimpanzee ehlo
bat ido; udo
sparrow egwe
finch aylo
vulture epu; efu
bald eagle acha
tortoise ikinabo; okpakwu
butterfly ibebe
chameleon anyinya
woodpecker otachikpokpo
crab akle
toad aklifu
dog ewo
dove okede; okarikede
pigeon okantebe
owl ogwugwu
deer ewi
falcon uch’okpafa
giraffe ocha
koala akango
penguin igwe
onyx enoba
zebra otina
beetle ogbemi
swift akpandede
praying matins ogongo
grasshopper ikaka
cricket ata
grasscutter obije
ant ilu
soldier ant egayinu
mosquito imu
fish ebenyi
cat fish edu
tilapia apatampa
pig ehi; okome
cat obla; obisi
duck idangbolo
ferret otekneje
ringneck dove otitii
cockroach akpanga; apupre
electric fish oriri
agama lizard obolokpo
red-headed lizard oroburu
wasp amlupka
bee enwu
hedgehog egbe
snail igbi

References

  1. ^ a b Idoma at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  2. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2017). "Idoma". Glottolog 3.0. Jena, Germany: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.


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