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n. pl. Luba or Lu·bas
1. A member of a Bantu people inhabiting southeast Democratic Republic of the Congo.
2. The Bantu language of this people. Also called Tshiluba.


npl Luba
1. (Peoples) a member of a Negroid people of Africa living chiefly in the S Democratic Republic of Congo
2. (Languages) Also called: Tshiluba the language of this people, belonging to the Bantu group of the Niger-Congo family


(ˈlu bə)

n., pl. -bas, (esp. collectively) -ba.
1. a member of an African people of the SE Democratic Republic of the Congo who formed the nucleus of a succession of states in the region from the 17th through the 19th centuries.
2. Also called Chiluba, Ciluba, Tshiluba. the Bantu language of the Luba.
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Noun1.Luba - a member of a Bantu people in southeastern CongoLuba - a member of a Bantu people in southeastern Congo
Belgian Congo, Congo, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Zaire - a republic in central Africa; achieved independence from Belgium in 1960
Bantu - a member of any of a large number of linguistically related peoples of Central and South Africa
2.Luba - a Bantu language spoken in southeastern CongoLuba - a Bantu language spoken in southeastern Congo
Bantoid language, Bantu - a family of languages widely spoken in the southern half of the African continent
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A happy coincidence reinforcing the mystery is related to the meaning of the name Badibanga which in Ciluba (L32 & L33) simply translates as a simple question: "How many are there/they?
On aura remarque que l'auteur emploie a sa guise un vocable de la lexicologie bantoue utilise dans plus d'une langue des zones linguistiques differentes, le lingala, le kikongo, le ciluba, etc.
As could be noticed, the author borrows the notion of ndumba, a linguistic term from various Bantu languages and linguistic areas, such as Lingala, Kikongo and Ciluba, which he uses liberally.