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boma, noun2

Forms:
Also bhoma, and (singular only) iboma.
Plurals:
amaboma /amaˈbɔːma/.
Origin:
Xhosa, South African EnglishShow more Xhosa ibhoma fruit orchard, used erroneously in Xhosa instead of ibhuma seclusion hut. In South African English, this usage is reinforced by confusion with boma noun1.
The seclusion hut or lodge occupied during circumcision rituals by initiates from the same clan.
1963 Wilson & Mafeje Langa 106The essential acts..are (i) purification..; (ii) seclusion and circumcision in a boma ‘built in the bush’; (iii) the burning of the boma, purification, feasting, and admonition...An initiate’s hut, a boma, is built beforehand.
1989 Weekend Post 9 Dec. 7 (caption)Once initiation is complete, their clothing and amaboma (huts) are burnt, and new clothes are put on to signify the start of adult life.
The seclusion hut or lodge occupied during circumcision rituals by initiates from the same clan.

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