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Bantu

1862, applied to an equatorial and southern African language group in the 1850s by German linguist Wilhelm Heinrich Immanuel Bleek (1827-1875), from native Ba-ntu "mankind," from ba-, plural prefix, + ntu "a man, person." Bantustan in a South African context is from 1949.

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Definitions of Bantu from WordNet
1
Bantu (n.)
a member of any of a large number of linguistically related peoples of Central and South Africa;
Bantu (n.)
a family of languages widely spoken in the southern half of the African continent;
Synonyms: Bantoid language
2
Bantu (adj.)
of or relating to the African people who speak one of the Bantoid languages or to their culture;
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