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This article is about the regional nickname Mallu. For the Hindi word mallu, see Mallu(Hindi). For the village Mällu in northwestern Estonia, see Mällu.

Mallu is thought to be an ethnic name used to refer to people from the state of Kerala in India as a synonym of the word Malayali, the synonym for Keralites because the word means 'monkey' in Hindi. However, the word "mallu" does not exist in any Hindi dictionaries, on the internet or otherwise. The only evidence that the word is a slang and means 'monkey' in Hindi, is one definition from Oxford Hindi-English Dictionary.


"The enduring slur of racism". Mumbai Mirror. Retrieved 2015-01-28. 
"Me, no more Mallu, nor Chinki and definitely not Idli-Dosa". The Sunday Indian. Retrieved 2015-01-28. 
"To Mallu or Not to Mallu". Yentha. Retrieved 2015-09-21.