amajaha, noun

Forms:
amajaka, machahaShow more Also amajaka, machaha, majaha, and with initial capital.
Plurals:
unchanged, or amajahas.
Origin:
ZuluShow more Zulu, ‘strong (young) men’ (singular ijaha). For notes on singular and plural forms, see ama- and ma-.
A young warrior.
1835 A. Smith Diary (1940) II. 78The commando of Dingan was composed partly of machaha and partly of men.
1897 F.W. Sykes With Plumer in Matabeleland 53An old native woman, who witnessed the deed,..greatly admired the boy’s courage, and spoke of him as a true ‘Amajaka’ (warrior).
1930 S.T. Plaatje Mhudi (1975) 36I suffered from awful hallucinations, I saw all over again the butcheries at Kunana and the terrible faces of the ferocious majahas (soldiers).
1988 Drum Mar. 10Sibanyoni is one of the most popular warriors in Swaziland. He..has taken part in many traditional ceremonies including those held at the Royal Residence. He is one of Amajaha ka Mswati III — the King’s regiment called Lindimpi.
A young warrior.
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