Pondo, noun

Forms:
Also Ponda, Mpondo /(ə)mˈpɔːndɔ/.
Plurals:
unchanged, Pondos, Pondoes, amamPondo, amamPondos, or amaPondo, amaPondos, occasionally Amaponda.
Origin:
XhosaShow more Xhosa amaMpondo ‘the people of Mpondo’ (the founding chief); see also ama-.
1.
a. A member of a Xhosa-speaking people of the Nguni group, from the northern half of the former Transkei (now part of the Eastern Province); Gonaqua sense 2; Mambookie; Mbo sense 1. Also attributive. See also Mpondomise.
1824 Brownlee in G. Thompson Trav. (1827) 209A tribe called Amaponda, who live on the coast to the eastward of the Tambookies.
1990 H. Allan in Style Oct. 61No wonder the Zulus are asking ‘Who is this jumped up Pondo?’
b. comb.
Pondoland, see quotation 1973.
1913 G.E. Cory Rise of S. Afr. II. 230A wave of bloodshed and destruction, which, beginning in far-away Zululand, spread in all directions until it reached Pondoland in the south, [etc.].
1983 Fair Lady 2 Nov. 139In Pondoland schoolchildren look after the cattle after classes.
2. The form of Xhosa spoken by the Pondo peoples.
1919 H.H. Johnston Comparative Study of Bantu & Semi-Bantu Lang. I. 298The [Xhosa] dialects include Feñgu, Baca and Pondω words.
1919 H.H. Johnston Comparative Study of Bantu & Semi-Bantu Lang. I. 797The divergent dialects of ?ōsa, such as Isi-pondω, Isi-ba¿a, Feñgu, &c.
3. A type of tobacco.
1941 C.W. De Kiewiet Hist. of S. Afr. 251Boer tobacco or the notorious ‘Pondo’ leaf which caused experienced smokers to blanch.
A member of a Xhosa-speaking people of the Nguni group, from the northern half of the former Transkei (now part of the Eastern Province); Gonaqua2; Mambookie; Mbo1. Also attributive.
The form of Xhosa spoken by the Pondo peoples.
A type of tobacco.

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