Karo language

For other languages, see Karo § Languages.
Native to Ethiopia
Region South Omo Region
Native speakers
1,500 (2007 census)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3 kxh
Glottolog karo1297[2]
A Karo village
A young Karo woman

Karo (also Cherre, Kere, Kerre) is an Omotic language spoken in the Debub (South) Omo Zone of the Southern Nations, Nationalities, and People's Region in Ethiopia. Karo is described as being closely related to its neighbors, Hamer and Banna, with a lexical similarity of 81%,[1] and is considered a dialect of Hamer by Blench (2006).[3]


  1. 1 2 Karo at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  2. Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin; Bank, Sebastian, eds. (2016). "Karo (Ethiopia)". Glottolog 2.7. Jena: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.
  3. Blench, 2006. The Afro-Asiatic Languages: Classification and Reference List

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