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mbamba, noun

Forms:
Also mbhambha.
Origin:
ZuluShow more Perhaps from Zulu bamba belabour, strike with a heavy stick.
Mainly in urban (especially township) slang: an illicitly brewed raw liquor, made usually of yeast, brown bread, brown sugar, and water. Cf. Barberton sense 2, kill-me-quick, mamba sense 4, shimiyana, skokiaan sense 1 a.
a1968 D.C. Themba in E. Patel World of Can Themba (1985) 138African men come from the neighbouring mines, the town, and industrial concerns for their mugful of mbamba (barberton). But barberton is a poison made in such a way as to give a quick kick. It is made of bread, yeast and sugar.
1987 M. Melamu Children of Twilight 284She had actually fallen into the pit in which Ntsoaki had stored her mbamba.
an illicitly brewed raw liquor, made usually of yeast, brown bread, brown sugar, and water.

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