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'Chikungunya', the name of a mosquito-borne viral fever, is derived from the Makonde root verb kungunyala (meaning "that which bends up", "to become contorted," or "to walk bent over") after the disease was first identified on the Makonde Plateau. The derivation of the term is generally falsely attributed to Swahili.
^Hammarström (2015) Ethnologue 16/17/18th editions: a comprehensive review: online appendices