Origin: < Ar sawāḥil, pl. of sāḥil, coast + -i, belonging to
See Swahili in American Heritage Dictionary 4
noun pl. Swahili Swahili or Swa·hi·lis
Origin: , from Arabic sawāḥilī, of the coasts
Origin: , from sawāḥil
Origin: , pl. of sāḥil, coast, active participle of saḥala, to scrape off, smooth; see šḥl in Semitic roots.