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Of or relating to the traditional initiation period or ritual symbolizing passage into manhood among Xhosas.
1A young Xhosa man who is undergoing ritual initiation into manhood at a traditional school. Chiefly in plural.
2Among Xhosas: the traditional initiation period or ritual symbolizing passage into manhood.
Mid 19th century; earliest use found in Missionary Magazine. From Xhosa abakhwetha, plural from aba- plural class prefix + kwetha initiate.
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