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kumbomvu, interjection

Forms:
kobomvu, kubombuShow more Also kobomvu, kubombu, ku bomvu.
Origin:
Xhosa, ZuluShow more Xhosa and Zulu, subjectival concord ku it (is) + adjectival stem -bomvu red.
Among Xhosa- and Zulu-speakers: beware; look out; ‘danger’, a warning cry to signal danger (particularly the approach of police).
1972 Drum 8 Oct. 19In the township the aunties shouted Kobomvu to warn one another.
1985 D. Bikitsha in Sunday Times 15 Sept. 6A three pronged sharp whistle call meant the police were about. The cry ‘Ku Mbomvu’ [printed Ku Mbonvu] (it is red) meant an alarm whenever there was police presence in the area.
beware; look out; ‘danger’, a warning cry to signal danger (particularly the approach of police).

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