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[oo m-tah-tuh]
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  1. a city in and the capital of Transkei, SE Africa.


[trans-key, -kahy]
  1. a self-governing Bantu territory of South Africa on the Indian Ocean: granted independence in 1976 by South Africa, but not recognized by any other country as an independent state. 16,910 sq. mi. (43,798 sq. km). Capital: Umtata.
Related formsTrans·kei·an, adjective, noun
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Examples from the Web for umtata

Historical Examples

  • They were found located—for they had built a town near the sources of the Umtata River.

    The Mission; or Scenes in Africa

    Captain Frederick Marryat

  • They were found located—for they had built a town—near the sources of the Umtata River.

    The Mission

    Frederick Marryat

British Dictionary definitions for umtata


  1. a city in South Africa, in Eastern Cape province; the capital of the former Transkei Bantu homeland. Pop: 94 778 (2001)


  1. (formerly) the largest of the Bantu homelands in South Africa; declared an independent state in 1976 but this was not recognized outside South Africa; abolished in 1993. Capital: Umtata
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