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Kgalagadi, plural noun

Forms:
Bakalahadi, BakalahariShow more Also Bakalahadi, Bakalahari, Bakgalagadi, Bakgalagalis, Kalahari, Kgalagadi, Kgalakgari.
Origin:
seTswanaShow more seTswana baKgalagadi people of the Kgalagadi (the Kalahari desert); see also plural noun prefix ba-.
(The) members of a people of the Tswana group. See also Vaalpens sense 1.
Note:
The Kgalagadi are thought to be of Sotho origin, although they have at times been believed to be San or Khoikhoi. They were probably the earliest Sotho people to migrate into southern Africa, arriving by the 15th century, and were later absorbed under the Tswana group.
Note:
As is the case with many names of peoples and groups in South African English, this word has been found only in plural uses; however, it may be that it has also been used in unrecorded singular forms.
1835 A. Smith Diary (1940) II. 188They did not inhabit the Kalahari. There were Bechuanas who lived in it called Bakalahari.
1986 P. Maylam Hist. of Afr. People 42The Kgalagadi were eventually forced westwards into the desert where they adopted a hunter-gatherer lifestyle.
(The) members of a people of the Tswana group.

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