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mahem, noun

Forms:
amahen, maahoomShow more Also amahen, maahoom, mahaan, mahaem, maham, mayhem.
Plurals:
unchanged, or mahems.
Origin:
XhosaShow more Xhosa amahemu crowned cranes (singular ihemu); said to be imitative of their call. For an explanation of singular and plural forms, see ama- and ma- prefix3.
The crane Balearica regulorum of the Gruidae. Also attributive.
[1810 G. Barrington Acct of Voy. 302The honey bird, unknown in Europe;..the pekwe, the segizi, the heem...The last, I think, is mentioned by Van Rhener, and called hemoe.]
1994 A. Craig in M. Roberts tr. of J.A. Wahlberg’s Trav. Jrnls 1838–56 35Crowned crane Balearica regulorum, known as ‘Mahem’ from its call.
The crane Balearica regulorum of the Gruidae. Also attributive.

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