lobola

lobolo

[loh-buh-luh]
noun, plural lobolos.
a bride price, typically of cattle, paid to a bride's father among Bantu-speaking tribes of southern Africa.
Also, lobola.


Origin:
1815–25; < Zulu (ili)lobolo, (i)lobolo (with implosive b), or a cognate Nguni word

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lobola or lobolo (lɔːˈbɔːlə, ləˈbəʊ-, lɔːˈbɔːlə, ləˈbəʊ-)
 
n
(in southern Africa) an African custom by which a bridegroom's family makes a payment in cattle or cash to the bride's family shortly before the marriage
 
[from Nguni ukulobola to give the bride price]
 
lobolo or lobolo
 
n
 
[from Nguni ukulobola to give the bride price]

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