amakula, plural noun

amaKula, ma coolaShow more Also amaKula, ma coola, m’kula’s, and with initial capital.
IsiZulu, EnglishShow more IsiZulu, plural prefix ama- + -kula adaptation of coolie sense 1. For explanation of occasionally redundant English plural suffix -s, see ama-, m-, ma-.
Among isiZulu-speakers: an insulting name for people of Indian origin.
1953 P. Lanham Blanket Boy’s Moon 169Some of his own race, some of the Zulus, and even some of the hated amaKula.
c1963 B.C. Tait Durban Story 207The Zulus derided the meagre physical stature of the Indians and dubbed them ‘Ma Coola’.
1971 Post 16 May 5 (letter)Why do most Africans refer to Indians and Coloureds as ‘Boesmans’ and ‘m’kula’s’? These are everyday terms of abuse used by a majority of people.
an insulting name for people of Indian origin.
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