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The bride price paid by a prospective husband among certain peoples in southern Africa.

[Zulu -lóbólà, dowry, give a dowry.]
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(lɔːˈbɔːlə; ləˈbəʊ-) or


(Anthropology & Ethnology) (in southern Africa) an African custom by which a bridegroom's family makes a payment in cattle or cash to the bride's family shortly before the marriage
[from Nguni ukulobola to give the bride price]
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noun (S. African) dowry, portion, marriage settlement, dot (archaic) Following the tradition of lobola, the king's family paid 40 head of cattle for his new wife.
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(41.) ShopeJH, "Tobola is here to stay": rural black women and the contradictory meanings of lobolo in post-apartheid South Africa, Agenda, 2006, 20(68):64-72.
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Faul, L (2015), "Putin's lobolo may seal nuke deal", Mail & Guardian, 19-25 June.