shenzi

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See also: shēnzi and shěnzi

English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Swahili -shenzi.

Noun[edit]

shenzi (plural shenzis)

  1. (dated, Africa) A barbarian (variously used to refer to foreigners, Europeans, or pagans)
    • 1919, Stewart Edward White, The Land of Footprints, p. 263:
      We instructed our men to shoot first and inquire afterward, if a shenzi so much as showed himself in the clearing.

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Swahili[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Of uncertain origin, perhaps from the same source as Arabic زَنْج(zanj, Zanj).

Adjective[edit]

-shenzi (declinable)

  1. uncivilized, barbarian

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