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1. Any of the homelands formerly established for blacks in South Africa by the government during the apartheid era.
2. A landlocked, often fragmented ethnic enclave within a larger state, nominally possessing some degree of autonomy but usually economically dependent and lacking real power.

[From Bantu (on the model of Hindustan).]
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(ˈbɑːntʊˌstɑːn; ˌbæntʊˈstɑːn)
(Government, Politics & Diplomacy) (formerly, in South Africa) an area reserved for occupation by a Black African people, with limited self-government; abolished in 1993. Official name: homeland
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(ˈhoʊmˌlænd, -lənd)

1. one's native land.
2. a region created or considered as a state by or for a particular ethnic group: the Palestinian homeland.
3. any of the racially and ethnically based regions created in South Africa by the government as nominally independent tribal states.
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