1955E.A. RitterShaka Zulu 237He only carried a little spear with a short handle of dark-red wood made from a freak-coloured umsimbiti or iron-wood (milletia caffra).
1964G. CampbellOld Dusty 2Our tents were pitched in a sylvan glade carpeted with deep, lush grass and surrounded by magnificent umzimbiti trees.
1968K. McMaghDinner of Herbs 22And such sticks too! Cut from choice ‘umzimbete’, so hard that it is rightly named ‘iron wood’, they were decorated with cunningly wrought copper.
1972E. Prov. Herald 12 Jan. 12Many South Africans know the wood of Umzimbeet (which word is a corruption of the Xhosa and Zulu umSimbithi, meaning iron-wood). Until its use was protectively stopped, it was the favourite wood for the tribal craft of making walking-sticks and knobkieries.
1976R.L. PeteniHill 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.
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