abelungu

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From Xhosa abelungu, Zulu abelungu, plural of umlungu.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

abelungu (countable and uncountable, plural abelungu)

  1. (South Africa, now chiefly pejorative) White people collectively.
    • 1994, Nelson Mandela, Long Walk to Freedom, Abacus 2010, p. 27:
      Chief Joyi said that the African people lived in relative peace until the coming of the abelungu, the white people, who arrived from across the sea with fire-breathing weapons.

Zulu[edit]

Noun[edit]

abelungu class 2

  1. Plural form of umlungu.