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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1902 Excerpt: ...anything in; the hollow end of a bamboo into which a wooden arrow-head is bound; a gag. Mbapaye. Nili ni mbapaye, / am very busy. Mbasa, (nambasa, nimbasa), advbl., it would be better to. May be followed by inf. or subj. Mbasa kumuka, it would be better to go. Mbasa timuke, we had better go. Si mbasa timuke? hadn't we better go? Mbala-mbala. Mapili ya mbala mbala, bare heights. Elsewhere rendered mapili ya palamba. See Pala mba. Mbata, (= mbetete), s., III., a wooden trumpet. Mbatata, s., III., sweet potato; the tuber of a kind of convolvulus; edible. Mbatila, ku-, v. tr., to begin to walk (of children). Mbau, s., III., a plank; a flat piece of wood. N.B.--The Swahili ubau (pi. mbau) is sometimes heard with pi. maubau, and must be distinguished. Mbawala, s., III., K.K., fed antelope. Mbeja, s., III., a fish-hook. Mbela, s., III., a top; teetotum. Made of a curved piece of gourd cut circular, pierced in the middle with a piece of stout reed and spun with the finger and thumb. Kuponya mbela, is to play a game of teetotum, in which opponents face one another seated on ground and rapidly throw a number of mbela to and fro, each aiming at a peg set up by his opponent and scoring by hits. Mbele. See Mbale. Mbeleka, s., III.(?), a stout reed, four or five feet long, hollow, closed either end, containing coarse sand or small stones; used as a rattle to accompany a dance. Mbelele, s., III., a sheep. The native sheep is a modification of the Asiatic / fat-tailed variety. It is hairy and dark brown in colour. Mbembezi, (mbumbuzi), s., I., mason wasp. Mbeta, s., III. (pi. zimbeta), an unmarried girl; a widow; or woman living apart from her husband. Kukala mbeta, to remain unmarried, or without a husband. Chjweta, a sleeping house for unmarried women. Mbetete, s., III.,...
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