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Matabele

[mat-uh-bee-lee] /ˌmæt əˈbi li/
noun, plural Matabeles (especially collectively) Matabele.
1.
Ndebele (def 1).
Origin of Matabele
1815-1825
1815-25
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  • When we entered the country the Matabele would not touch fish, the dislike being so great that it almost amounted to a taboo.

    South and South Central Africa H. Frances Davidson
  • Against these the Matabele with all their bravery could effect little.

    Victorian Worthies George Henry Blore
  • After Tchaka the man who looms largest in the tale of those wars is Mosilikatse, the founder of the Matabele.

    The African Colony John Buchan
  • It is nothing like the work we have in the Matabele mounted police, eh, John?

    The Man Who Knew Edgar Wallace
  • There are abundant traces that a large number of Matabele have occupied this ground for hours.

    In the Whirl of the Rising Bertram Mitford
  • He pointed in a dignified way towards the Matabele impi in the distance. '

  • It was when he was out on his last pirating expedition in the Matabele country.

    Following the Equator, Complete Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
  • "The Matabele killed these in the time of Moselikatse," he said.

    Benita, An African Romance H. Rider Haggard
  • He strode straight away, with these words, towards the Matabele hosts.

  • A week passed since the Matabele attack, and nothing had happened.

    Benita, An African Romance H. Rider Haggard
British Dictionary definitions for Matabele

Matabele

/ˌmætəˈbiːlɪ; -ˈbɛlɪ/
noun
1.
(pl) -les, -le. a member of a formerly warlike people of southern Africa, now living in Zimbabwe: driven out of the Transvaal by the Boers in 1837 Now known as Ndebele
2.
the language of this people, belonging to the Bantu group of the Niger-Congo family
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