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kaffir


  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Kaffir  \Kaf"fir\,  Kafir  \Ka"fir\,  n.  [Ar.  k?fir  infidel,  pagan, 
  fr  kafara  to  be  skeptical  in  religious  matters;  --  a  name 
  given  to  certain  infidel  races  by  the  Mohammedans.  Cf 
  {Giaour}.]  (Ethnol.) 
  a  One  of  a  race  which  with  the  Hottentots  and  Bushmen, 
  inhabit  South  Africa.  They  inhabit  the  country  north  of 
  Cape  Colony,  the  name  being  now  specifically  applied  to 
  the  tribes  living  between  Cape  Colony  and  Natal;  but  the 
  Zulus  of  Natal  are  true  Kaffirs. 
  b  One  of  a  race  inhabiting  Kafiristan  in  Central  Asia. 
  [Spelt  also  {Caffre}.] 
 
  {Kaffir  corn}  (Bot.),  a  Cape  Colony  name  for  Indian  millet. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  kaffir 
  n  1:  important  for  human  and  animal  food;  growth  habit  and  stem 
  form  similar  to  Indian  corn  but  having  sawtooth-edged 
  leaves  [syn:  {great  millet},  {kafir  corn},  {kaffir  corn}, 
  {Sorghum  bicolor}] 
  2:  (South  Africa)  an  offensive  term  for  any  Black  African  [syn: 
  {kafir},  {caffer},  {caffre}] 




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