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umzimbeet, umzimbithi, umzimbiti, noun

Forms:
msimbithi, umsimbitiShow more Also msimbithi, umsimbiti, umzimbete, umzimbeti, umzimbiet, umzimbit, umzimbiti, zimboti.
Origin:
Xhosa, ZuluShow more Xhosa and Zulu umsimbithi.
The tree Millettia grandis of the Leguminosae; its hard and durable timber; Natal ebony, see Natal sense b. Also attributive. Also called ironwood (sense a).
1850 N.J. Merriman Cape Jrnls (1957) 92With Bible and prayer-book under one arm, and in the other hand my long umzinbili nob kerie.
1976 R.L. Peteni Hill of Fools 19Old Langa stood up, took his black, oiled msimbithi stick, and called on Duma, Mlenzana and Zuziwe to go with him to Ntombi’s home.
The tree Millettia grandis of the Leguminosae; its hard and durable timber; Natal ebony, see Natalb. Also attributive. Also called ironwood (sense a).

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