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Mbo, noun

Forms:
Embo, HambonaShow more Also Embo, Hambona, Imbo, Mambo, Mbu, Umbo.
Plurals:
unchanged, abaMbo, Abambu, Mbos, or (occasionally) aba-s-eMbo, Abasembu, Amabambo.
Origin:
Zulu, XhosaShow more Zulu and Xhosa umuMbo (plural abaMbo). For an explanation of singular and plural forms, see aba- and ma- prefix3
Note:
The Pondo and the Mfengu (see sense 3 below) were originally part of the large Mbo people (sense 2), and retained the name ‘Mbo’ for themselves for a period after they had migrated down the eastern coast of South Africa during the Mfecane.
1. Pondo sense 1 a.
1803 J.T. Van der Kemp in Trans. of Missionary Soc. I. 441They (sc. the Xhosa) use shields of an oblong square form..; whereas the Imbo use circular ones.
1971 Beeton & Dorner in Eng. Usage in Sn Afr. Vol.2 No.2, 15Pondos,..tribe of the Xhosa fam[ily].., also known as the Aba-Mbo.
2.
a. In historical contexts. A member of a large Nguni people, dominant in northern Natal from the mid-16th to the early 19th centuries. b. A member of a small Zulu clan, a remnant of the formerly powerful Mbo group. Also attributive.
1857 J. Shooter Kafirs of Natal 377Abasembu or Abambu. Branched from the Quabies. Lived near the junction of Tugela and Umzinyati. Routed by Tshaka.
1986 P. Maylam Hist. of Afr. People 27Both the Mbo and Ngcolosi chiefdoms soon submitted to Shaka. The ruling lineage of the Ngcobo chiefdom..was forcibly incorporated into the loyal Mbo chiefdom.
3. Mfengu.
1912 Ayliff & Whiteside (title)History of the Abambo Generally Known as Fingoes.
1913 C. Pettman Africanderisms 170Fingos,..As a people they call themselves Aba-Mbo.
Pondo1 a.
A member of a large Nguni people, dominant in northern Natal from the mid-16th to the early 19th centuries. b. A member of a small Zulu clan, a remnant of the formerly powerful Mbo group. Also attributive.
Mfengu.

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