impi

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impi

(ˈɪmpɪ)
n, pl -pi or -pies
(Military) a group of Bantu warriors
[C19: Nguni: regiment, army]
References in classic literature ?
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.
In both plays the seeds of these ideas are present: Magrita Prinslo is portrayed as steadfast and loyal in her love for Pieter Botha, and courageous in the face of an impi attack on their trek--she represents everything symbolised by the Afrikaner "volksmoeder" idea.
There is no 'stout Cortes' fighting waves of Aztec warriors in Tlateloco; no George Armstrong Custer ranged against the might of the Sioux nation; no Araucanian warriors capturing the cream of the Spanish Army in Chile and putting them to death and no Zulu impis at Isandhlwana, soundly defeating the best the British Army could throw against them.