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impi

[im-pee] /ˈɪm pi/
noun, plural impies, impis.
1.
(in South African history) a unit of Zulu warriors; regiment.
Origin of impi
1875-1880
1875-80; < Zulu: impi, armed force, battle
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  • The head induna in command of the impi stepped forward and looked at them, then felt their hearts.

    The Ghost Kings H. Rider Haggard
  • He pointed in a dignified way towards the Matabele impi in the distance. '

  • On this account, therefore, he was allowed to accompany the Zulu impi as far as Umsedosi.

  • The afternoon was now drawing towards evening, but still there were no signs of the impi.

    Allan's Wife H. Rider Haggard
  • Shall I not then go and call forth an impi to eat up those dirty white jackals, O Elephant for whom no pit shall be laid?

    The White Shield Bertram Mitford
  • Either the impi had not yet arrived, or it had gone by some other road.

    The Wizard H. Rider Haggard
  • The induna and his impi had left Rietvlei during the night and started back toward Lebombo.

    Adventures in Swaziland Owen Rowe O'Neil
  • Then an impi was sent to punish these women, and a great number were killed.

  • The open plain in front of the kraal was one great sea of stirring life as the impi came up.

    The Luck of Gerard Ridgeley Bertram Mitford
  • On the 2nd of July an impi, 20,000 strong, advanced from Ulundi as if to attack.

British Dictionary definitions for impi

impi

/ˈɪmpɪ/
noun (pl) -pi, -pies
1.
a group of Bantu warriors
Word Origin
C19: Nguni: regiment, army
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