Tafrawt / ⵜⴰⴼⵔⴰⵡⵜ
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Tafraout (Shilha Berber: Tafrawt) is a town in Tiznit Province, Souss-Massa region, Morocco, in the central part of the Anti-Atlas mountains. According to the 2004 census it has a population of 4,931.
Name and etymology
The basic meaning of the Shilha feminine noun tafrawt is "basin or cistern in which water drawn from a well is poured", with a derived meaning "valley". The centre of the town of Tafraout is actually situated in a small valley, at the foot of Lkest mountain.
A single male inhabitant is called in Shilha u Tfrawt, plural ayt Tfrawt; a single female inhabitant is ult Tfrawt, plural ist Tfrawt.
- Destaing, E. (1938). Etude sur la tachelḥît du Soûs. Vocabulaire français-berbère. Paris: Leroux.
- Laoust, E. (1936). Cours de berbère marocain. Dialectes du Sous du Haut et de l'Anti-Atlas. Deuxième édition revue et corrigée. Paris: Société d'éditions géographiques, maritimes et coloniales (first ed. Paris: Challamel, 1921).
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