Pedi, Bapedi, adjective and & noun

Forms:
α. Bapedi, Mopedi.
β. Pedi.
Plurals:
Bapedi, baPedi, Pedi, Pedis.
Origin:
SothoShow more Sotho Mopedi a member of this people (plural Bapedi); see quotation 1979. For notes on singular and plural forms, see mo- and ba-.
A. adjective Of or pertaining to the Pedi (see sense B).
α.
1882 J. Nixon Among Boers 109Sekkukuni, a Bapedi chief, commenced a series of cattle-lifting expeditions.
1905 Native Tribes of Tvl 74Foremost among the Basuto of these parts is the great Bapedi tribe, commonly known as Sekukuni’s and perhaps the best known in the whole Transvaal.
1965 P. Baragwanath Brave Remain 3He had heard many versions of battles against the Swazis from both Mopedi and Shangaan sources.
1970 Post 18 Oct. 18The Mokoena family were not at all happy there. Sekhukhuniland is the Bapedi ‘homeland.’ The Mokoena family are Ndebele.
β.
1931 W. Eiselen in A.M. Duggan-Cronin Bantu Tribes II. ii. 35The greater part of the Pedi tribe lived in reserved areas situated in the Middelburg, Lydenburg and Pietersburg districts.
1958 A. Sampson Treason Cage 148His parents were of different tribes — father Pedi, mother Bechuana — so that Peter felt himself happily detribalised.
B. noun
1. A member of the largest northern Sotho people, originating in what was formerly the Lebowa ‘homeland’. Also called North(ern) Sotho (see Sotho sense 1 c): see quotation 1975.
α.
1926 M. Nathan S. Afr. from Within 33Burghers was involved in hostilities with Seccocoeni, chief of the Bapedi, in the north eastern Transvaal.
1946 H.C. Bosman in L. Abrahams Cask of Jerepigo (1972) 165It was necessary for the prestige of the Boer forces in the field, that a commandant shouldn’t go about looking like a Bapedi.
1965 P. Baragwanath Brave Remain 25Every Mopedi among the spectators who had or could acquire a whistle, joined whatever group he fancied.
1977 Drum Oct. 45‘They say my husband does not qualify to live in these areas because he is a Mopedi,’ she explained.
1979 P. Miller Myths & Legends 173The baRolong people found a small metal-working clan of Karanga people, the Wambedzi, already occupying their chosen spot. They promptly conquered this clan, but..prudently decided to take the name of the original inhabitants and called themselves the baPedi, the old Sotho-Tswana form of Wambedzi.
1991 S. Du Toit in Weekend Post 9 Mar. (Leisure) 5This little town..was founded in 1849 by Voortrekkers who had fled from the hostile baPedi..at malaria-ridden Ohrigstad.
β.
1975 Std Encycl. of Sn Afr. X. 64There was a tendency to substitute the name ‘Pedi’ for Northern Sotho, because the Pedi..are the strongest tribal unit, and particularly because Sepedi has become the written and school language of all Northern Sotho tribes.
1976 West & Morris Abantu 137The Pedi were among the more recent Sotho immigrants to South Africa. They arrived in the Northern Transvaal by at least the 17th century.
1980 M. Matshoba in M. Mutloatse Forced Landing 126The first sound of the tom-tom and the flutes of the Pedis brought people to watch from all corners of the hostel.
1986 P. Maylam Hist. of Afr. People 50The ‘core group’ among the northern Sotho has for long been the Pedi.
1990 Weekly Mail 24 Aug. 1There are Pedis, Shangaans, Tswanas, even Xhosas from his hostel who have become Inkatha members overnight...The others who have refused to join — especially Pedis — have fled.
2. Sepedi. Also combination (objective) Pedi-speaking participial adjective.
α.
1965 P. Baragwanath Brave Remain 20They did not seem to be Bapedi-speaking Sothos of the north, but a nondescript crowd who could have come from anywhere between Rustenburg and Bechuanaland.
β.
1963 B. Modisane Blame Me on Hist. (1986) ‘The wayside corn does not grow,’ Ma-Willie said, in Pedi, a northern Sotho dialect.
1983 Pace Dec. 140‘To this day I cannot speak perfect Zulu, Xhosa or Sotho,’ she quips. The family is Pedi-speaking.
1985 Cape Times 3 Jan. 1A New Year raid by Ndebele vigilantes into the largely Pedi-speaking Moutse district north-east of Pretoria.
Of or pertaining to the Pedi (see B).
A member of the largest northern Sotho people, originating in what was formerly the Lebowa ‘homeland’. Also called North(ern) Sotho (see Sotho1 c): see quotation 1975.
Sepedi. Also combination (objective) Pedi-speakingparticipial adjective.
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