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phalaphala, noun

Forms:
Also phalafala, phalafhala.
Origin:
seTswanaShow more seTswana phala. The origin and meaning of the second element has not been discovered.
A wind instrument made from the horns of the sable antelope and originally used by the northern Sotho and Tswana peoples.
1931 H.A. Stayt BaVenda 317The sable-antelope horns, phala-fhala, are the most important [musical instrument] and are played in the Ibondo and around the chief’s village. They are blown through a small rectangular hole in the side about 8 inches from the point, to which the lips are pressed as with an ordinary bugle.
1984 Pace Oct. 14 (caption)A lady blowing a phalafala at a UDF rally.
A wind instrument made from the horns of the sable antelope and originally used by the northern Sotho and Tswana peoples.

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