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EtymologyEdit

From Xhosa abakwetha, from aba- +‎ kwetha (initiate).

NounEdit

abakwetha (plural abakwethas or abakwetha)

  1. (South Africa) A young Xhosa man undergoing the ritual initiation in to manhood. [from 19th c.]
  2. (South Africa) The traditional initiation period into manhood. [from 19th c.]
  3. plural of umkhwetha

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