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n. pl.1.(Ethnol.) A warlike South African people of the Bantu stock, divided into many tribes, at one time subjected by the English. They formerly practiced cannibalism, but have now adopted many European customs.
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For me, I snatched up the rug--afterwards I found it was Noma's best kaross, made by Basutos of chosen cat-skins, and worth three oxen--and I fled, followed by Koos.
T]he Kaffirs are considered the best and most trustworthy labourers, and of the Kaffirs the Zulus have the best reputation, and perhaps the Basutos next.
You can cut out this junk about kraals and folk-tales and Basutos in blankets -- forget it