from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A tropical African variety of sorghum (Sorghum bicolor) grown in dry regions and in the Great Plains for grain and forage. Also called kaffir corn.
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- n. A black person.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. 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, including the Ponda, Xosa, and Tembu; but the Zulus of Natal are true Kaffirs.
- n. One of a race inhabiting Kafiristan in Central Asia.
- n. Any Black African; -- a disparaging and offensive term used by white South Africans.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. important for human and animal food; growth habit and stem form similar to Indian corn but having sawtooth-edged leaves
- n. an offensive and insulting term for any Black African
Short for kaffir corn, probably translation of Afrikaans kafferkoring : kaffer, Kaffir (from Arabic kāfir; see Kaffir) + koring, corn.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Arabic كفار (kaffār, "infidel") or كافر (kāfir, "unbeliever"), both from كفر (káfara, "to cover, to hide"). (Wiktionary)