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also Xo·sa  (kō′sä, -zə)
n. pl. Xhosa or Xho·sas also Xosa or Xo·sas
1. A member of a Bantu people inhabiting the eastern part of Cape Province, South Africa.
2. The Nguni language of this people, closely related to Zulu.
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npl -sa or -sas
1. (Peoples) a member of a cattle-rearing Negroid people of southern Africa, living chiefly in South Africa
2. (Languages) the language of this people, belonging to the Bantu group of the Niger-Congo family: one of the Nguni languages, closely related to Swazi and Zulu and characterized by several clicks in its sound system
ˈXhosan adj
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(ˈkoʊ sə, -zə, ˈkɔ-)

n., pl. -sas, (esp. collectively) -sa.
1. a member of a Nguni people of E Cape Province, South Africa.
2. the Bantu language of the Xhosa.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Xhosa - a member of the Negroid people of southern South Africa
Republic of South Africa, South Africa - a republic at the southernmost part of Africa; achieved independence from the United Kingdom in 1910; first European settlers were Dutch (known as Boers)
African - a native or inhabitant of Africa
2.Xhosa - a community of Negroid people in southern South Africa
3.Xhosa - a Bantu language closely related to Zulu
Nguni - a group of southern Bantu languages
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