noun (plural same or Makuas)
1A member of a people inhabiting the border regions of Mozambique, Malawi, and Tanzania.
- Slaves bought in Mozambique were often from the Makua, Yao or Maravi groups, who practised dental decoration of the patterns noted in these skeletons.
- On his mother's side, he is a descendent of the Makuas, a group of Muslim East African slaves who were shipwrecked off the coast of South Africa in 1855.
- Indeed, a privilege to contribute to the work here between the Makuas.
2 [mass noun] The Bantu language of the Makua, with around 3.5 million speakers.
- In the north, the Bantu languages of Yao and Makua predominate; in the Zambezi Valley, it is Nyanja is the dominant languages; and in the south, Tsonga is spoken.
- The EA omits key oral history data that establishes the importance of Makua to cultural practitioners.
- This continuum is then used as a grid in discussing the status of the varieties of Makua and their potential for language development.
A local name.
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