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Ndlovukazi, noun

Forms:
Indlovukati, IndlovukaziShow more Also Indlovukati, Indlovukazi, Ndhlovukazi, Ndlovukasi.
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Zulu, SiswatiShow more Zulu indlovukazi, Siswati indlovukati, (indlovukazi), elephant cow, ‘Great She Elephant’.
In Swazi and Zulu society: an honorific title given usually to the Queen Mother, but also to the Queen Regent, or to the wife of a king or paramount chief; also used with a name. See also Indlovu.
1941 H. Beemer in A.M. Duggan-Cronin Bantu Tribes III. iv. 9Privileges and responsibilities of citizens are conferred on everyone owing allegiance to the king, head of the Nkosi Dlamini, titled Ingwenyama, the lion, and to his mother, the Indlovukati, lady elephant.
1983 C. Van der Merwe in Pace Oct. 28In the reign of her husband, Mbandzeni, the Ndhlovukazi Labotsibeni Mdluli had been the proverbial power behind the throne. After his death in 1889, she had held the centre stage, first as Queen Mother for her son, Bhunu, then, on his death in 1899, as Queen Regent until 1921.
an honorific title given usually to the Queen Mother, but also to the Queen Regent, or to the wife of a king or paramount chief; also used with a name.

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