gabeen, gaviniShow more Also gabeen, gavini, govini.
Zulu, EnglishShow more Zulu ugavini a liquor made from sugar-cane, of obscure origin, perhaps related to gava act or talk foolishly or unrestrainedly; or related to isivina (grape) vine, from English vine; but see also quotation 1954.
Especially in township slang: a potent spirit distilled from home-brewed liquor.Cf. shimiyana.
1954F.J. EdmonstoneThorny Harvest 85Saku poured a little of the spirit on the concrete floor, then taking a lighted match to it, immediately the govini burst into a blue flame.
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