Mpondomise, plural noun

Forms:
Amampondumisi, AmapondomisiShow more Also Amampondumisi, Amapondomisi, Mpondomisi, Pondomise, Pondomises, Pondomisi.
Origin:
XhosaShow more Xhosa, origin unknown.
(The) members of a southern Nguni people of the Transkei region of the Eastern Cape, originally part of the Pondo people. Also attributive.
Note:
As is the case with many names of peoples and groups in South African English, this word has been found only in plural uses; however, it may be that it has also been used in unrecorded singular forms.
1866 W.C. Holden Past & Future 143The Amampondumisi..dispute the right of priority with the Abatembu affirming that they were in the country when the Tembus and the Xosas passed along above them.
1875 P. in A.M.L. Robinson Sel. Articles from Cape Monthly Mag. (1978) 193The country we were in belonged to the ‘Amapondomisi’, at one time a powerful off-shoot of the ‘Pondos’; but now it is divided and broken up by party strifes.
1901 Natives of S. Afr. (S. Afr. Native Races Committee) 3Of the remaining tribes, the Pondomises are chiefly to be found in the divisions of Qumbu, Tsolo, Engcobo, and Umtata.
1913 W.C. Scully Further Reminisc. 288In Pondomisi history the chief most honoured is ’Ngwanya, who flourished some hundred and fifty years ago.
1927 Workers’ Herald 6 Apr. 1From information to hand, it appears that the Pondomise tribe are very sore about having no Paramount Chief of their own.
1949 M. Wilson in A.M. Duggan-Cronin Bantu Tribes III. ii. 13Traditionally the Mpondo and Mpondomise were cattle people, setting great store by their herds, and milk was a most important article of diet.
1986 P. Maylam Hist. of Afr. People 21The Nguni can be divided into a northern group — basically the Zulu and the Swazi — and a southern group, including the Xhosa, the Thembu, the Mfengu, the Mpondo and the Mpondomise.
1991 J. Coulter in Weekend Post 4 May (Leisure) 3As recently as 1886, remnants of a San family were discovered in Transkei...They had been in the care of Mpondomise chiefs for a long time and were considered the official rainmakers of the western Mpondomise.
(The) members of a southern Nguni people of the Transkei region of the Eastern Cape, originally part of the Pondo people. Also attributive.
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