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[im-pee] /ˈɪm pi/
noun, plural impies, impis.
(in South African history) a unit of Zulu warriors; regiment.
Origin of impi
1875-80; < Zulu: impi, armed force, battle Unabridged
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  • He pointed in a dignified way towards the Matabele impi in the distance. '

  • The afternoon was now drawing towards evening, but still there were no signs of the impi.

    Allan's Wife H. Rider Haggard
  • Wambe has an impi out to kill us, and it will be here presently.'

    Maiwa's Revenge H. Rider Haggard
  • Either the impi had not yet arrived, or it had gone by some other road.

    The Wizard H. Rider Haggard
  • Then an impi was sent to punish these women, and a great number were killed.

  • On the 2nd of July an impi, 20,000 strong, advanced from Ulundi as if to attack.

  • He had been killed by order of the chief, and the impi had been ‘doctored’ with his blood.

  • How a man—an impi—could fight if doctored with such múti as this, say in the Nkandhla!

  • This was in a measure stilled as the leader of the impi strode to the fore.

    A Secret of the Lebombo Bertram Mitford
  • The bulk of the impi was in the background and beyond reach of the falling rocks.

    The White Shield Bertram Mitford
British Dictionary definitions for impi


noun (pl) -pi, -pies
a group of Bantu warriors
Word Origin
C19: Nguni: regiment, army
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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