Definition of Chokwe in English:

Chokwe

Syllabification: Chok·we
Pronunciation: /ˈCHäkwē
 
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noun (plural same)

  • 1A member of a people living in the Democratic Republic of Congo (formerly Zaire) and northern Angola.
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    • In effect, the Chokwe reduced the memorization of a lusona (singular of sona) to two numbers and a geometric algorithm for constructing one or more curves to create the desired pattern.
    • Therefore, the essays deal more with the ‘related peoples’ referred to in the subtitle, while the Chokwe as such are the main focus of the catalogue sections.
    • She said the people in the area had been plotting to have her removed from the school to allow a fellow Chokwe take over as school head teacher.
  • 2The Bantu language of the Chokwe.
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    • Six of the Bantu languages were selected as national languages: Chokwe, Kikongo, Kimbundo, Mbunda, Oxikuanyama, and Umbundu.
    • Portuguese is the official language, although 95 percent of Angolans speak Ovimbundu, Mbundu, Kongo, Chokwe, and other languages.

adjective

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  • Relating to the Chokwe or their language.
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    • It is mainly thanks to the work of Bastin, who taught African art history at the Universite Libre de Bruxelles, that Chokwe art is relatively well known.
    • Thus, contrary to earlier descriptions by Bastin and others, on the basis of information gathered from Chokwe assistants in Zambia, the Chihongo masquerader is described here as a royal or chiefly character.
    • This mask's coiffure, entirely coated with red earth, depicts a style worn in the past by Chokwe women.

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