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Xosa

[koh-suh, -zuh, kaw-] /ˈkoʊ sə, -zə, ˈkɔ-/
noun, plural Xosas (especially collectively) Xosa.
1.

Xhosa

or Xosa

[koh-suh, -zuh, kaw-] /ˈkoʊ sə, -zə, ˈkɔ-/
noun, plural Xhosas (especially collectively) Xhosa for 1.
1.
a member of a Nguni people of eastern Cape Province, Republic of South Africa.
2.
the Bantu language of the Xhosa.
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Examples from the Web for Xosa
Historical Examples
  • This was one of the sand plateaus which were a unique feature of Xosa II.

    Sand Doom William Fitzgerald Jenkins
  • We have arrived at Xosa II and have established an orbit about it.

    Sand Doom William Fitzgerald Jenkins
  • Her skipper gloomily answered the emergency call from Xosa II.

    Sand Doom William Fitzgerald Jenkins
  • “If the chief moves he will be shot,” he added, in the Xosa language.

    Harley Greenoak's Charge Bertram Mitford
  • The worst of it was the latter were unable to talk the Xosa tongue.

    Harley Greenoak's Charge Bertram Mitford
  • Commonly known as Kreli—the paramount chief of all the Xosa tribes.

    'Tween Snow and Fire Bertram Mitford
  • He it is who has ‘burned’ the life out of many dogs of the race of Xosa.

    'Tween Snow and Fire Bertram Mitford
  • As I walked behind the Xosa, I was all aglow with eagerness.

    A Frontier Mystery Bertram Mitford
  • There was unspeakable comfort in this, for I felt confident the Xosa was sure of his facts.

    A Frontier Mystery Bertram Mitford
  • The Xosa, who was walking a little ahead of us, paused at the sound of his name and waited for us.

    A Frontier Mystery Bertram Mitford
British Dictionary definitions for Xosa

Xhosa

/ˈkɔːsə/
noun
1.
(pl) -sa, -sas. a member of a cattle-rearing Negroid people of southern Africa, living chiefly in South Africa
2.
the language of this people, belonging to the Bantu group of the Niger-Congo family: one of the Nguni languages, closely related to Swazi and Zulu and characterized by several clicks in its sound system
Derived Forms
Xhosan, adjective
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