impi

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impi

(ˈɪmpɪ)
n, pl -pi or -pies
(Military) a group of Bantu warriors
[C19: Nguni: regiment, army]
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Yes, many have heard the names: when the Impis roared them out as they charged in battle, I have felt the mountains shake and seen the waters quiver in their sound.
The only practical tactic, he thought, would be to march into Zululand en masse and force the Zulu impis to converge for a decisive battle.
On the banks of this river in 1896, the impis of the Ndebele king, Lobengula, defeated the infamous Shangani patrol, a select party of Cecil Rhodes' pioneers, that had set out to occupy Matabeleland.
30pm, the massacre was almost over and the eclipse continued as the impis stormed on towards Rorke's Drift.
for the keen breath of the desert air; he dreams of the sight of Zulu impis breaking on their foes like surf upon the rocks, and his heart arises in rebellion against the strict limits of the civilised life.
The warrior impis, or regiments, march again at IFP rallies, waving their shields and assegais and shouting their war cries.
This phase was associated with Inkatha impis who were frequently, it is alleged, supported by the police.