One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A member of a people of northern Namibia.
- ‘The removal of the eyes was common to the Ovambos.’
2mass noun The Bantu language of the Ovambo.
Relating to the Ovambo or their language.
- ‘Therefore it is a thorn in their sides when members of the Ovambo people are given land in their former settlement area.’
- ‘As for the Ovambo and Herero traditions, you will hear from the scholars very soon in detail.’
- ‘McKittrick examines how Christianity, colonial rule, and wage labor in Namibia reduced young Ovambo men's dependence on their fathers and allowed them to promote competing notions of masculinity.’
- ‘In 1971 a partially successful strike by Ovambo migrant workers in Namibia gained considerable publicity.’
A local name, from ova- (prefix denoting a plural) + ambo ‘man of leisure’.
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