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Bamangwato, plural noun

Forms:
α. Bamangato, BamangoatoShow more Bamangato, Bamangoato, Bamanguato, Bamangwatese, Bamangwato, BamaNgwato, Bamanwhato, Bawangwato.
β. Ngwato.
Origin:
SeTswanaShow more SeTswana, ba- + Mangwato (original sense uncertain).
(The) members of the largest people of the Tswana group, living mainly in Botswana. See also Tswana sense 2 a. Also attributive.
Note:
The Bamangwato were originally part of the Bakwena people.
Note:
The unprefixed β form ‘Ngwato’ is found mainly in academic contexts. A singular form, ’Mangwato, has been found in one source (see quotation 1896).
α.
1835 A. Smith Diary (1940) II. 32When in the Bamanguato country a lion sprung over a kraal at least six feet high.
1990 Sunday Times 1 July 3The engagement has already upset leaders of Botswana’s powerful Bamangwato tribe.
β.
1986 P. Maylam Hist. of Afr. People 45The Ngwato were the second chiefdom to break away from the Kwena in the late eighteenth century.
(The) members of the largest people of the Tswana group, living mainly in Botswana.

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