noun \ˈshō-nə\
plural Shona or Shonas

Definition of SHONA

:  a member of any of a group of Bantu peoples of Zimbabwe and southern Mozambique
:  the group of languages spoken by the Shona

First Known Use of SHONA

circa 1895

Rhymes with SHONA


noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Cluster of Bantu-speaking peoples living in eastern Zimbabwe, west-central Mozambique, and southern Zambia. Numbering about nine million, they cultivate corn, millet, and sorghum and keep cattle. Their villages consist of mud-and-wattle huts, granaries, and common cattle kraals. Shona traditional culture, now fast declining under Christianizing and urbanizing influences, was noted for its ironwork, pottery, and music. Magic, witchcraft, and sorcery remain important. The Shona are believed to have built Great Zimbabwe.


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