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bundu, noun

Forms:
α. bundu;
β. boendoes, bundus /ˈbʊnduːz/.
Also with initial capital.
Origin:
ShonaShow more Etymology unknown; perhaps Shona bundo grasslands.
Note:
The -oe- spelling form is used by those who perceive the derivation to be Afrikaans. Despite the similarity between ‘bundu’ and U.S. English ‘boondocks’ (from Tagalog bundok), it is unlikely that there is any relationship between the two words.
‘The back of beyond’: any area remote from cities and civilization; gopse sense 1 b; gramadoelas; cf. backveld noun sense a. Also attributive, and combination (nonce) bunduland. See also bush noun1 sense 3.
Note:
The plural form ‘bundus’ is found mainly in the English of speakers of Sintu (Bantu) languages.
α.
1939 Outspan 29 Sept. 25I was stationed out in the bundu and I had to shoot all my meat.
1994 F.G. Butler in Financial Mail 16 Sept. (Suppl.) 30Oxford and Cambridge were founded and still flourish in the British bundu.
β.
1973 Drum 22 Jan. 18He can work in the big city for the wife and children he left in the bundus.
1990 F. Khumalo in Weekly Mail 4 May 11The Kosi Bay Nature Reserve, a haven for those who are tired of cities and hanker after the tranquility of the bundus.
‘The back of beyond’: any area remote from cities and civilization; gopse1 b; gramadoelas; cf. backveldnouna. Also attributive, and combination (nonce) bunduland.

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