Qwabe, plural noun

Forms:
Formerly also Amaquabe, Amaquabi.
Origin:
See quotation 1978. For an explanation of ama- forms, see ama-.
The members of a Zulu-speaking people settled in the northern regions of the province of KwaZulu-Natal. Also attributive.
Note:
As is the case with many names of peoples and groups in South African English, this word has been found only in plural uses; however, it may be that it has also been used in unrecorded singular forms.
1836 R. Godlonton Introductory Remarks to Narr. of Irruption 255The neighbouring clans were thrown into commotion by a furious attack of the Amaquabi.
1895 H. Rider Haggard Nada 17The tribe of the Amaquabe.
[1978 A. Elliott Sons of Zulu 15Zulu’s elder brother Qwabe..gave his name to a large group of followers who today are one of the biggest clans in KwaZulu. Both clans pay ultimate allegiance to the Zulu king.]
1986 P. Maylam Hist. of Afr. People 26The Qwabe were one among a number of independent lineages in the area. Early in the eighteenth century, during the reign of Kuzwayo, the Qwabe became increasingly powerful...At the height of their power the Qwabe were also able to dominate the region west of the Ngoye.
1989 Stanger Mail 24 Feb. 14In Mansomini..women from the Qwabe tribe have won international and local recognition for making their sugar farms not only viable but very profitable.
The members of a Zulu-speaking people settled in the northern regions of the province of KwaZulu-Natal. Also attributive.

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