- a member of a Nguni people living mainly in Natal, Republic of South Africa.
- the Bantu language of the Zulu.
- a word used in communications to represent the letter Z.
- of or relating to the Zulus or their language.
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Examples from the Web for zulu
It was almost like an American version of the old Michael Caine classic movie Zulu.Why I Went Back to Iraq
Thomas E. Ricks
February 10, 2009
He told me he got them from a spear thrust when he was fighting in the Zulu war.The Missionary
The Zulu and Ndau tribes, whose songs I studied, are of this stock.
But, if this here man was a—was a Zulu, I'd say he was a brave man.Mr. Dooley in Peace and in War
Finley Peter Dunne
I asked the great Zulu presently, as he sat eyeing me eating.Hunter Quatermain's Story
H. Rider Haggard
From every rock, from every tuft of grass rose a Zulu warrior.Allan's Wife
H. Rider Haggard
- plural -lus or -lu a member of a tall Negroid people of SE Africa, living chiefly in South Africa, who became dominant during the 19th century due to a warrior-clan system organized by the powerful leader, Shaka
- the language of this people, belonging to the Bantu group of the Niger-Congo family, closely related to Swazi and Xhosa
- communications a code word for the letter z
from Zulu amaZulu people of the sky
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Word Origin and History for zulu
1824, a native name.
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