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Tafrawt / ⵜⴰⴼⵔⴰⵡⵜ

Tafraout is located in Morocco
Location in Morocco
Coordinates: 29°43′N 8°58′W / 29.717°N 8.967°W / 29.717; -8.967
Country Morocco
ProvinceTiznit Province
 • Total4,931
Time zoneUTC+0 (WET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+1 (WEST)

Tafraout (Arabic: تافراوت‎, Shilha Berber languages: ⵜⴰⴼⵔⴰⵡⵜ) is a town in Tiznit Province, Souss-Massa region, Morocco, in the central part of the Anti-Atlas mountains. It had a population of 4,931 at the 2004 census.[1]

Name and etymology[edit]

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".[2] The centre of the town of Tafraout is actually situated in a small valley, at the foot of Djebel Lekest, a pink granite mountain formed by erosion.[3] A male inhabitant is called in Shilha "u Tfrawt", (plural "ayt Tfrawt"); a female inhabitant is "ult Tfrawt", (plural "ist Tfrawt").[4]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "World Gazetteer". Archived from the original on 2013-01-05.
  2. ^ See Laoust (1936:123) "bassin ; citerne où s'accumule l'eau tirée d'un puits ou amenée d'une source"; Destaing (1938:288) "vallée".
  3. ^ Scheffel, Richard L.; Wernet, Susan J., eds. (1980). Natural Wonders of the World. United States of America: Reader's Digest Association, Inc. p. 364. ISBN 0-89577-087-3.
  4. ^ Tfrawt is the annexed state of the noun Tafrawt; see the article Shilha language, section Prefixed nouns.


  • 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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Coordinates: 29°43′N 8°58′W / 29.717°N 8.967°W / 29.717; -8.967