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[mah-tuh-bee-lee-land] /ˌmɑ təˈbi liˌlænd/
a region in Zimbabwe, formerly a province of Rhodesia, home to the Ndebele (Matabele). Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • This was true of him, for he had spent ten years of his life in the Matabeleland mounted police.

    The Man Who Knew Edgar Wallace
  • Thanks to the foresight of Cecil Rhodes, Matabeleland was ours.

  • At any rate intense excitement prevailed in Matabeleland, and many new impis of warriors were formed ready to take action.

  • These troops are waiting here in case they may be wanted in Matabeleland.

    The Matabele Campaign R. S. S. Baden-Powell
  • It was a hot day, and Matabeleland is a thirsty country, to beast no less than to man.

    In the Whirl of the Rising Bertram Mitford
  • All war is now over in Matabeleland—and Wedzas may be said to have been the final blow.

    The Matabele Campaign R. S. S. Baden-Powell
  • He was about to have command of troops in Matabeleland operating against the rebels there.

    The Matabele Campaign R. S. S. Baden-Powell
  • Lastly, in Matabeleland there are already two or three generations of Dutch.

    The Races of Man Joseph Deniker
  • Matabeleland, or rather what is now Rhodesia, had some years ago only 2500 whites and 250,000 natives.

    Through South Africa Henry M. Stanley
  • Mosilikatse tried to steal it, and that was why he had to fly to Matabeleland.

    Prester John John Buchan
British Dictionary definitions for Matabeleland


/ˌmætəˈbiːlɪˌlænd; -ˈbɛlɪ-/
a region of W Zimbabwe, between the Rivers Limpopo and Zambezi, comprises three provinces, Matabeleland North, Matabeleland South, and Bulawayo: rich gold deposits. Chief town: Bulawayo. Area: 181 605 sq km (70 118 sq miles)
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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