from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A set amount paid by a prospective husband to the bride's family among certain peoples in southern Africa.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The dowry paid to a bride's family to secure a wedding among certain Bantu peoples of South Africa.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A present, usually of cattle, given by the bridegroom to the father of the bride, as is customary among the Zulus and other tribes of South Africa; also, the custom itself.
Zulu -lóbólà, dowry, give a dowry.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Xhosa lobola, Zulu lobola ("pay dowry"). (Wiktionary)