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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.
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.
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.
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.
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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