plural Zulu or Zulus
: a member of a Bantu-speaking people of Natal
: the Bantu language of the Zulus
— Zulu adjective
Origin of ZULU
(as in isiZulu
the Zulu language
First Known Use: 1824
—a communications code word for the letter z
First Known Use of ZULU
Zulu noun (Concise Encyclopedia)
Nguni-speaking people living in KwaZulu-Natal province in South Africa. Numbering about 9.5 million, they are South Africa's largest ethnic group. Traditionally grain farmers, they also kept large herds of cattle. European settlers wrested grazing and water resources from the Zulu in prolonged warfare during the 19th century; with much of their wealth lost, modern Zulu depend largely on wage labour on farms owned by whites or work in the cities. The Zulu provide the main support for the Inkatha Freedom Party. Many Zulu belong to independent or separatist African churches, though the traditional religion, based on ancestor worship and belief in a creator-god, witches, and sorcerers, remains strong. See also Shaka.
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