Origin of Matabele
First recorded in 1815–25
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Examples from the Web for matabele
The next factor to reckon with was the Matabele nation and its chief, Lobengula.
Against these the Matabele with all their bravery could effect little.
It is nothing like the work we have in the Matabele mounted police, eh, John?The Man Who Knew
He pointed in a dignified way towards the Matabele impi in the distance. '
He strode straight away, with these words, towards the Matabele hosts.
- plural -les or -le a member of a formerly warlike people of southern Africa, now living in Zimbabwe: driven out of the Transvaal by the Boers in 1837Now known as: Ndebele
- the language of this people, belonging to the Bantu group of the Niger-Congo family
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