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intombi, noun

Forms:
entombie, intombeShow more Also entombie, intombe, intomebi, ntombi, tumbee, tumbi.
Plurals:
intombies, intombis, or izintombi.
Origin:
Xhosa, ZuluShow more Xhosa and Zulu (plural izintombi).
1. A young woman of marriageable age; a young girl. See also intombazana.
1809 R. Collins in D. Moodie Record (1841) V. 46Cattle are never given for a Tumbee, but her father or brother is supplied with assagays by her keeper.
1986 Preston-Whyte & Louw in Burman & Reynolds Growing Up 364Indigenously-based forms and processes of political control obtain there, as do some other structural features such as the organization of girls between puberty and marriage (izintombi) into recognized age groups under a designated leader (ighikize).
2. obsolete. see quotation.
1809 R. Collins in G.M. Theal Rec. of Cape Col. (1900) VII. 62It is perhaps only through custom that a couple of tumbies, the name here given to concubines, are attached to his household.
A young woman of marriageable age; a young girl.
see quotation.

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