Meaning of Mfecane in English:

Mfecane

noun

historical
  • With the. The large-scale dispersal of groups of northern Nguni people during the early 19th century to the south, north, and west of Zululand, in the present-day KwaZulu-Natal province, which led to the displacement or impoverishment of neighbouring people. Also: the conflicts resulting from this; the period during which the dispersal took place.

    For historical interpretations of the Mfecane, see Dict. S. Afr. Eng. on Historical Princ. (1996) at that entry.

Pronunciation

Mfecane

/(ə)mfəˈkɑːneɪ/ /(ə)mfəˈkɑːni/

Origin

1920s. From Xhosa iimfecane marauders (singular imfecane), perhaps from Sotho difaqane migratory troop of warriors, period of disaster caused by war.