α. amakweta, amaquatiShow more amakweta, amaquati, amaqueta, magwetha, makweta, maqueta, maqweta (plural unchanged or maqwetas);
β. abakhwetha, abakwetaShow more abakhwetha, abakweta, abakwetha, bakweta (plural unchanged or bakwetas);
γ. mkhwetha, mkwetaShow more mkhwetha, mkweta, mkwetha, umkhwetha, umkwetha (plural unchanged or umkwethas); khwetha, kweta, kwetha (plural kwethas).
- usually unchanged, or abakwethas.
- The rare unprefixed forms usually appear in attributive contexts.
- Hence abakhwetha transitive verb (passive), to undergo initiation into manhood.1970 S.E. Natham Informant, Cape Town, Western CapeQuedien. Young African (Xhosa) man before he has been amaqueted.1993 J. Bursey Informant, Grahamstown (now Makhanda, Eastern Cape)From the Saturday morning, after they’ve been ‘abakwethed’, they’re not allowed to drink anything until he comes back to change the dressing for them.