Definition of impi in English:

impi

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Pronunciation: /ˈɪmpi
 
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noun (plural impis)

  • 1A body of Zulu warriors.
  • 1.1An armed band of Zulus involved in urban or rural conflict.
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    • The impi, the redcoat regiment, and commando moved to the background; conflict had its locus in the mines, the streets, and on the farms.
    • They knew, now, the Spartans at Thermopylae; and the sunken road at Shiloh; and the impis at Isandhlwana; and Chuikov's 62nd Army in the shattered factories on the Volga.
    • That is, until the early 1800s, when the warrior Mzilikazi, who was ousted from KwaZulu-Natal by Shaka and his impis, settled in the area.

Origin

Zulu, 'regiment, armed band'.

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