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swempi, noun

Forms:
schwempe, shrimpiShow more Also schwempe, shrimpi, shwimpi, swempe, swempie.
Origin:
Zulu, South African English, AfrikaansShow more From Zulu inswempe (perhaps introduced into South African English via Afrikaans swempie).
The francolin Francolinus coqui of the Phasianidae, with yellowish head and heavily-barred black-and-white belly; bush-partridge sense (a), see partridge sense b; occasionally, the call of this bird.
1906 Blackwood’s Mag. (U.K.) Sept. 396Partridges, namaquas, and ‘shrimpies’ (a little partridge — a great delicacy)..were to be found everywhere.
1971 Evening Post 12 June (Weekend Mag.) 1Among the indigenous types he breeds he particularly likes the little greywing partridge known in the Eastern Province as the ‘swempie’.
The francolin Francolinus coqui of the Phasianidae, with yellowish head and heavily-barred black-and-white belly; bush-partridge sense (a), see partridgeb; occasionally, the call of this bird.

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