lambile, adjective

Forms:
Also lambele.
Origin:
In the Nguni languages, -lambile hungry, perfective of lamba become hungry.
Hungry. Occasionally in the collocation lambile strap /-stræp/, girdle of famine (see girdle).
1839 W.C. Harris Wild Sports 293The leathern strap worn round the waist is called by the savages a lambele strap, or hunger-girdle.
1860 A.W. Drayson Sporting Scenes 218They showed a great disinclination to move after their repast, although they complained that they were still lambile (hungry).
1966 I. Vaughan These Were my Yesterdays 101Progress hampered by a crowd of ragged native urchins who rush beside me proclaiming loudly ‘Lambile,’ Am hungry.
Hungry. Occasionally in the collocation lambile strap-stræp, girdle of faminegirdle.
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