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lobolo

[loh-buh-luh] /ˈloʊ bə lə/
noun, plural lobolos.
1.
a bride price, typically of cattle, paid to a bride's father among Bantu-speaking tribes of southern Africa.
Also, lobola.
Origin
1815-1825
1815-25; < Zulu (ili)lobolo, (i)lobolo (with implosive b), or a cognate Nguni word
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British Dictionary definitions for lobola

lobola

/lɔːˈbɔːlə; ləˈbəʊ-/
noun
1.
(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
Word Origin
from Nguni ukulobola to give the bride price
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