shamba

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Swahili.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

shamba (plural shambas)

  1. (East Africa) An area of cultivated ground; a plot of land, a small subsistence farm for growing crops and fruit-bearing trees, often including the dwelling of the farmer.
    • 1967, Ngugi wa Thiong'o, A Grain of Wheat, EAEP 2008, p. 4:
      To reach his new strip of shamba which lay the other side of Thabai, Mugo had to walk through the dusty village streets.

Swahili[edit]

Bakweri cocoyam farmer from Cameroon.jpg

Noun[edit]

shamba (ma class, plural mashamba)

  1. garden, farm (any land that is cultivated)