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qaba, noun

Forms:
Also iqaba, and with initial capital.
Plurals:
amaqaba, qabas.
Origin:
Xhosa, Zulu, Show more Xhosa and Zulu iqaba, heathen, uncultured or ignorant person: singular prefix i- + qaba (plural amaqaba, vocative qaba), probably development of earlier Xhosa sense ‘person who wears traditional dress consisting of a blanket reddened with ochre’, from qaba (v.) paint, smear (cf. iqabane). For notes on plural forms, see ama- and i-.
A person (usually from a rural area) who adheres to traditional customs and beliefs. See also red noun.
1949 L. Hunter Afr. Dawn 16One of the first people to be converted was the Chief’s mother and in order to distinguish herself from the Amaqaba, she put aside her red blankets and adopted European dress.
1987 L. Nkosi Mating Birds 86‘She had a mouth painted red and she was smoking a cigarette. I said to her, are you not afraid your mouth will catch fire?’...‘She said, shut your mouth, you pagan woman! That’s what she said. She called me iqaba!’
A person (usually from a rural area) who adheres to traditional customs and beliefs.

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