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Matabele

Line breaks: Mata|bele
Pronunciation: /ˌmatəˈbiːli
 
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Definition of Matabele in English:

noun

The Ndebele people collectively, particularly those of Zimbabwe.
Example sentences
  • Today it is the Matabele in Zimbabwe who are particularly suffering.
  • There is no love lost between the Matabele and the other major tribe.
  • The Matabeles are an off-shoot of the once mighty Zulus who conquered most of southern Africa in the early 19th Century.

Origin

from Sotho matebele, singular letebele, the name given to this people.

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