i-, prefix

/i/
A Xhosa, Zulu, and Ndebele singular noun prefix found in some words originating in these languages. For examples, see ibandla, ibutho, idlozi, ikhowe, ikrwala, iqabane, itongo. Cf. um-.
Note:
In Xhosa, Zulu and Ndebele, the plural of words beginning i- is formed by replacing this prefix with ama-. In South African English. this pattern is not always observed, the plural sometimes being formed by adding the English plural suffix -s to the singular form; less often, the singular form is used, unchanged, as a plural. See also ama- and ili-.
A Xhosa, Zulu, and Ndebele singular noun prefix found in some words originating in these languages. For examples, see ibandla, ibutho, idlozi, ikhowe, ikrwala, iqabane, itongo.