<ethnology> 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.
Origin: Ar. Kfir infidel, pagan, fr. Kafara to be skeptical in religious matters; a name given to certain infidel races by the Mohammedans. Cf. Giaour.
(01 Mar 1998)
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