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letsemma, noun

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seTswanaShow more seTswana letseme seed-time.
A ritual inauguration of seed-time, planting, or sowing. Also attributive. See also Umkhosi.
1872 J. Mackenzie in A.J. Dachs Papers of John Mackenzie (1975) 39Why..should not a Christian Chief issue his ‘letsemma’ — inaugurate the seed-time in his town — by public prayer to Almighty God, the Maker of Heaven and Earth.
1980 D.B. Coplan Urbanization of African Performing Arts. 176A fusion of economic and social activities parallel to that involved in traditional work-for-beer parties such as the Tswana letsema.
A ritual inauguration of seed-time, planting, or sowing. Also attributive.

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