desmond m. tutu

Tutu

[too-too] .
noun
Desmond (Mpilo) [uhm-pee-loh] , born 1931, South African Anglican clergyman and civil-rights activist: Nobel peace Prize 1984; archbishop of Cape Town since 1986.
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tutu1 (ˈtuːtuː)
 
n
a very short skirt worn by ballerinas, made of projecting layers of stiffened sheer material
 
[from French, changed from the nursery word cucu backside, from cul, from Latin cūlus the buttocks]

tutu2 (ˈtuːtuː)
 
n
a shrub, Coriaria arborea, of New Zealand, having seeds that are poisonous to farm animals
 
[Māori]

Tutu (ˈtuːtuː)
 
n
Desmond. born 1931, South African clergyman, noted for his opposition to apartheid: Anglican Bishop of Johannesburg (1984--86) and Archbishop of Cape Town (1986--96); in 1995 he became leader of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, established to investigate human rights violations during the apartheid era. Nobel peace prize 1984

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tutu
ballet skirt, 1910, from Fr. tutu, alteration of cucu, infantile reduplication of cul "bottom, backside."
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