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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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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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Overall, 57% of peanut-sensitised patients were peanut-allergic; this ratio was 75% in children of mixed race and 38% in Xhosas, and was significantly different at p<0.001.
For ImmunoCAP Ara h 2, a PPV of 93% was attained at a level of 8 kU/L for the study population overall, at which level the PPV was 100% in the mixed-race group and 80% in Xhosas.
For ISAC Ara h 2, a 93% PPV was attained at a level of 1.8 ISAC units/L, at which level the mixed-race subgroup had a PPV of 100% and the Xhosas a PPV of 83%.
This won't happen until Whites and Blacks, Afrikaners and English-speakers, Asians and Coloureds (people of mixed race), Zulus and Xhosas and others come to regard themselves simply as human beings and South Africans (or whatever nationality is given to this nation in transformation).
He died in 1835 at the hands of George Southney, a military guide of Scottish descent, in the Sixth Frontier War between the Cape Colony and the Xhosas.
But the chief is adamant - for the spirits have spoken - and the search goes on for King Hintsa, warrior chief of the Xhosa nation.
Biography in the praise poem: the contribution of Antjie Krog along with two Xhosa praise poets
Antjie Krog's poem "pryslied" ("praise poem"), written in reaction to Nelson Mandela's presidential inauguration, is compared to two Xhosa praise poems performed at the inauguration.
Name giving among the Xhosa of South Africa takes on other proportions than in a Euro-Western context.
When this happens, the Xhosa are fond of saying: Ulilandele igama lakhe ("He follows his name").
And he's heading north to Inverness on Tuesday to dig up the skull of his great, great uncle, King Hintsa, warrior chief of the Xhosa nation.
The Xhosa were, like the Zulu, one of Africa's most numerous and sophisticated black nations.