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right hand, noun phrase and adjectival phrase

Origin:
Xhosa, ZuluShow more From Xhosa and Zulu owasekunene ‘the one of the right side’, owa- the one of + linking phoneme -s- + adverb ekunene on the right.
A. noun phrase
a. In traditional Xhosa society: the second most important branch of a (royal) family. b. In traditional Zulu society: the most important branch of a (royal) family.
c1847 H.H. Dugmore in J. Maclean Compendium of Kafir Laws (1906) 11At some specified period, the chief of a tribe, who, it is assumed, has a plurality of wives, assembles his relatives, with his principal officers and councillors, to decide as to the investment of two of his wives with the respective dignities of ‘the great one’ (omkulu), and ‘the one of the right hand’ (owasekunene).
1980 C. Nkosi in M. Mutloatse Forced Landing 11King Somhlolo said we should not fight them. We should not spill even a drop of that foreign blood on this land. Indeed, long after he of the right hand had gone to join his forefathers.
B. adjectival phrase Attributive, and comb., as right hand house, right hand son, right hand wife. (Cf. great.)
a. In traditional Xhosa society: of or pertaining to the second wife of a chief, her children, and their descendents (the ‘right hand house’), who are second in influence and importance only to the family of the principal wife. b. In traditional Zulu society: of or pertaining to the most senior wife, her children, and their descendants. See also inkosikazi sense 1.
c1847 H.H. Dugmore in J. Maclean Compendium of Kafir Laws (1906) 14Khili, being but a young man, has as yet formed no ‘right hand house’.
1981 J.B. Peires House of Phalo 29The second-ranking wife was known as the Right-Hand Wife and her son was the Right-Hand Son.
the second most important branch of a (royal) family.
the most important branch of a (royal) family.
Attributive, and comb., as right hand house, right hand son, right hand wife. (Cf. great.)
of or pertaining to the second wife of a chief, her children, and their descendents (the ‘right hand house’), who are second in influence and importance only to the family of the principal wife.
of or pertaining to the most senior wife, her children, and their descendants.

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