Names of Each Finger
The generic name for ‘finger’ is munwe / mumwe/ chigun’we/ chigumwe/ chigunwe.
Do you know the names of each finger?
- Thumb: Chara. Gamburadovi.
- Index Finger: Munongedzo. Mutendeka.
- Middle Finger: Mudapakati
- Ring Finger: Mukomawatiki. Nhembayemwana.
- Little Finger: Kasiyanwa. Chimwahumwani. Tiki.
It seems chara is also taken to mean finger in general. The tsumo, ‘Chara chimwe hachitswanyi inda,’ can be translated to mean, ‘You cannot crush a louse with one finger.’ (You would need to hold it between two fingers).
We usually use this finger to point at something. The words nongedza and tendeka mean ‘point at’ or ‘aim at.’
This is the finger in the middle of all fingers. Pakati is the Shona word for middle.
Mukoma in family relationships means ‘one that is older than.’ In this context, it can be taken to mean ‘bigger than.’ It is the bigger finger immediately after the tiki.
Tiki is a form of the word diki (small), meaning ‘tiny.’