One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A member of a people inhabiting the border regions of Mozambique, Malawi, and Tanzania.
- ‘Slaves bought in Mozambique were often from the Makua, Yao or Maravi groups, who practised dental decoration of the patterns noted in these skeletons.’
- ‘On his mother's side, he is a descendent of the Makuas, a group of Muslim East African slaves who were shipwrecked off the coast of South Africa in 1855.’
- ‘Indeed, a privilege to contribute to the work here between the Makuas.’
- ‘The leaflet accused President Chissano of regionalism, and of discriminating against Makuas (the main ethnic group in Nampula).’
- ‘Makua people maintain strongly that they trust in God- ‘the invisible one’ and dispute bitterly claim that before the arrival of the Arabs and the white man Makuas were pagans and worshipped trees and idols.’
2mass noun The Bantu language of the Makua, with around 3.5 million speakers.
- ‘This continuum is then used as a grid in discussing the status of the varieties of Makua and their potential for language development.’
- ‘The EA omits key oral history data that establishes the importance of Makua to cultural practitioners.’
- ‘In the north, the Bantu languages of Yao and Makua predominate; in the Zambezi Valley, it is Nyanja is the dominant languages; and in the south, Tsonga is spoken.’
A local name.
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