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Definition of Somali

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of or pertaining to Somalia, of or pertaining to the people or the language of Somalia
member of the Hamitic people that inhabit Somalia and nearby regions
language spoken by the Somali people
Somali Definition from Language, Idioms & Slang Dictionaries & Glossaries
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
Alt. of Somal
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913), edited by Noah Porter. About
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Somali is a Cushitic language spoken in Somalia, Djibouti, Ethiopia and Kenya.
The language is: Somali
WordNet 2.0

1. a member of a tall dark people inhabiting Somalia
(hypernym) African
(member-holonym) Somalia
2. the Cushitic language spoken by the Somali people
(hypernym) Cushitic

1. of or relating to the African republic of Somalia or its people or their language and culture; "Somali coffee is excellent"
(synonym) Somalian
(pertainym) Somalia
Somali Definition from Science & Technology Dictionaries & Glossaries

Fawn Somali
Photo: Chanan Photography

Weight: 8-10 lbs.
Somalis, longhaired Abyssinians, are gentle, bold, playful, and extremely busy, always seeking to be part of household activities. They are freedom-loving and dislike close confinement or restraint. Although not lap cats, they are companionable, people-oriented, and sociable with other animals. Their voices, though rarely used, are bell-like and pleasant.
The Somali is a lithe, muscular cat of medium length. It has a rounded wedge-shaped head, expressive gold or green almond-shape eyes, and large, moderately pointed ears. A rounder head and long hair--especially on the fluffy, foxlike tail, the britches, and the neck ruff--are the only features that distinguish the Somali from the Abyssinian. The Somali's most striking feature is its beautiful ticked tabby coat. The characteristic tabby "M" typically appears on the forehead. Four colors are recognized by the major U.S. breed associations: ruddy (the darkest and most common of the colors), red (sorrel or cinnamon), blue, and fawn. European breed registries recognize additional colors.
Somalis appeared in the 1950s as offspring of Abyssinian matings with other breeds. Initially these longhaired Abys were considered undesirable and were not taken seriously. But in the 1970s, an American breeder recognized their beauty, named the breed (calling it Somali because of Somalia's geographic proximity to Ethiopia), and began an extensive breeding program. Since then its popularity has spread from the United States to other parts of the world.
Special Alerts
Breed-related health problems: patellar luxation; renal amyloidosis; retinal atrophy (a rare eye condition that ultimately leads to impaired vision).
CIA World Factbook 2005
Country name:
conventional long form: Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia
conventional short form: Ethiopia
local long form: Ityop'iya Federalawi Demokrasiyawi Ripeblik
local short form: Ityop'iya
former: Abyssinia, Italian East Africa
abbreviation: FDRE
Government type:
federal republic
Addis Ababa
Administrative divisions:
9 ethnically-based states (kililoch, singular - kilil) and 2 self-governing administrations* (astedaderoch, singular - astedader); Adis Abeba* (Addis Ababa), Afar, Amara (Amhara), Binshangul Gumuz, Dire Dawa*, Gambela Hizboch (Gambela Peoples), Hareri Hizb (Harari People), Oromiya (Oromia), Sumale (Somali), Tigray, Ye Debub Biheroch Bihereseboch na Hizboch (Southern Nations, Nationalities and Peoples)
oldest independent country in Africa and one of the oldest in the world - at least 2,000 years
National holiday:
National Day (defeat of MENGISTU regime), 28 May (1991)
ratified December 1994; effective 22 August 1995
Legal system:
currently transitional mix of national and regional courts
18 years of age; universal
Executive branch:
chief of state: President GIRMA Woldegiorgis (since 8 October 2001)
head of government: Prime Minister MELES Zenawi (since NA August 1995)
cabinet: Council of Ministers as provided for in the December 1994 constitution; ministers are selected by the prime minister and approved by the House of People's Representatives
elections: president elected by the House of People's Representatives for a six-year term; election last held 8 October 2001 (next to be held October 2007); prime minister designated by the party in power following legislative elections
election results: GIRMA Woldegiorgis elected president; percent of vote by the House of People's Representatives - 100%
Legislative branch:
bicameral Parliament consists of the House of Federation or upper chamber (108 seats; members are chosen by state assemblies to serve five-year terms) and the House of People's Representatives or lower chamber (548 seats; members are directly elected by popular vote from single-member districts to serve five-year terms)
elections: last held 15 May 2005 (next to be held NA 2010)
election results: percent of vote - NA%; seats by party - OPDO 177, ANDM 134, TPLF 38, WGGPDO 27, EPRDF 19, SPDO 18, GNDM 15, KSPDO 10, ANDP 8, GPRDF 7, SOPDM 7, BGPDUF 6, BMPDO 5, KAT 4, other regional political groupings 22, independents 8; note - 43 seats unconfirmed
note: irregularities and violence at some polling stations necessitated the rescheduling of voting in certain constituencies; voting postponed in Somali regional state because of severe drought
Judicial branch:
Federal Supreme Court (the president and vice president of the Federal Supreme Court are recommended by the prime minister and appointed by the House of People's Representatives; for other federal judges, the prime minister submits to the House of People's Representatives for appointment candidates selected by the Federal Judicial Administrative Council)
Political parties and leaders:
Afar National Democratic Party or ANDP [leader NA]; Benishangul Gumuz People's Democratic Unity Front or BGPDUF [Mulualem BESSE]; Coalition for Unity and Democracy or CUD [HAILU Shawil]; Ethiopian People's Revolutionary Democratic Front or EPRDF [MELES Zenawi] (an alliance of ANDM, OPDO, SEPDF, and TPLF); Gurage Nationalities' Democratic Movement or GNDM [leader NA]; United Ethopian Democratic Forces or UEDF [MERARA Gudina]; dozens of small parties
Political pressure groups and leaders:
Afar Revolutionary Democratic Union Front or ARDUF [leader NA]; Council of Alternative Forces for Peace and Democracy in Ethiopia or CAFPDE [BEYANE Petros]; Southern Ethiopia People's Democratic Coalition or SEPDC [BEYANE Petros]
International organization participation:
Diplomatic representation in the US:
chief of mission: Ambassador KASSAHUN Ayele
chancery: 3506 International Drive NW, Washington, DC 20008
telephone: [1] (202) 364-1200
FAX: [1] (202) 686-9551
consulate(s) general: Los Angeles
consulate(s): New York
Diplomatic representation from the US:
chief of mission: Ambassador Aurelia A. BRAZEAL
embassy: Entoto Street, Addis Ababa
mailing address: P. O. Box 1014, Addis Ababa
telephone: [251] (1) 550666
FAX: [251] (1) 551328
Flag description:
three equal horizontal bands of green (top), yellow, and red with a yellow pentagram and single yellow rays emanating from the angles between the points on a light blue disk centered on the three bands; Ethiopia is the oldest independent country in Africa, and the three main colors of her flag were so often adopted by other African countries upon independence that they became known as the pan-African colors

More about Ethiopia:

  • Introduction
  • Geography
  • People
  • Economy
  • Communications
  • Transportation
  • Military
  • Transnational Issues
  • The World Factbook 2005, by the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA)
    Somali Definition from Computer & Internet Dictionaries & Glossaries
    Internet Domains
    Somali Definition from Encyclopedia Dictionaries & Glossaries
    English Wikipedia - The Free Encyclopedia
    Somali may refer to:
    • anything related to the Somali people or Somalia
    • Somali language, a Cushitic language
    • Somali cuisine, traditional cuisine
    • Somali (cat), a cat breed
    • HMS Somali, the British's friend.

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