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Used as a form of respectful address in parts of Africa.

[Swahili, from Arabic 'abūnā, our father : 'abū, bound form of 'ab, father; see ʔb in Semitic roots + -nā, our.]


(in E Africa) a master, often used as a respectful form of address corresponding to sir
[Swahili, from Arabic abūna our father]


(ˈbwɑ nə)

n., pl. -nas.
(in Africa) master; boss.
[1875–80; < Swahili < Arabic abūnā our father]
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Mugambi, the ebon Hercules, who had shared the dangers and vicissitudes of his beloved Bwana, from Jungle Island, almost to the headwaters of the Ugambi, was the first to note the bold approach of the sinister caravan.
They come for no good purpose in the absence of the Great Bwana.
The black had been looking at Tarzan with wide eyes, evidently not comprehending how this god could appear in so material a form, and with the voice of a white bwana and the uniform of a warrior of this city to which he quite evidently did not belong.
No, bwana," replied Kaviri, "the white child was not with this man's party--it was with the other party.
According to Bwana, whose school is among the pilot centers the system requires measures put in place to make it clear to some who have not fully understood how the new system will work.
Bwana Bwanadi: When I was young, about thirteen years old.
The highest-profile son of his recently deceased sire to retire to stud, Uncle Mo is bred on the same Indian Charlie-Hail To Reason cross as Bwana Charlie, who made the most of limited opportunities to sire Grade 1-winning juvenile Comma To The Top.
The first postwar stereovision fiction feature was neither House of Wax (1953) nor Bwana Devil (1952) but rather the 1947 Soviet production Robinzon Kruzo, adapted from Daniel Defoe's classic.
Is a kind of jungle picture, with a river in it and a trail and a rope bridge and a love story and natives with headdresses of coloured feathers, their splendid bodies bare except for grass skirts, carrying bwana packs over the mountains.
1952 se filma el primer largometraje a color en tercera dimension: Bwana Devil.
Among the songs presented were Nimemtafuta Kote Kote, Iende Mbele Injili, Winner, You Are So Faithful, Ndakenire Riria Manjirire and Nitatangaza Neno Lake Bwana.
Finally they fastened the remains of their great leader - Bwana Mkumbwa - to a long pole so they could carry it 1500 miles to the coast, from where it would be shipped to Britain for burial.