Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • A former province of Rhodesia between the Limpopo and Zambezi Rivers. Inhabited by the Ndebele from the early 1800s, it came under the control of the British South Africa Company in 1889. The area is now divided into two provinces in western Zimbabwe.

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  • proper noun A region in the west of Zimbabwe.

Etymologies

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Named after the Matabele people, also known as the Ndebele.

Examples

  • “Along a road in Matabeleland, barefoot children stuff their pockets with corn kernels that have blown off a truck as if the brownish bits, good only for animal feed in normal times, were gold coins,” reads this New York Times story on a stark situation in which “the half-starved haunt the once bountiful landscape of Zimbabwe, where a recent United Nations survey found that 7 in 10 people had eaten either nothing or only a single meal the day before.”

    2009 February 02 « Scavenging

  • “Along a road in Matabeleland, barefoot children stuff their pockets with corn kernels that have blown off a truck as if the brownish bits, good only for animal feed in normal times, were gold coins,” reads this New York Times story on a stark situation in which “the half-starved haunt the once bountiful landscape of Zimbabwe, where a recent United Nations survey found that 7 in 10 people had eaten either nothing or only a single meal the day before.”

    2009 February « Scavenging

  • “Along a road in Matabeleland, barefoot children stuff their pockets with corn kernels that have blown off a truck as if the brownish bits, good only for animal feed in normal times, were gold coins,” reads this New York Times story on a stark situation in which “the half-starved haunt the once bountiful landscape of Zimbabwe, where a recent United Nations survey found that 7 in 10 people had eaten either nothing or only a single meal the day before.”

    Zimbabweans Scavenge to Survive « Scavenging

  • Coltart would like to start introducing education reforms — adding human-rights courses to the curriculum and getting Zimbabwean schools to address such controversial issues as the military’s massacre of thousands of civilians in Matabeleland in southern Zimbabwe in 1983.

    Frenemies of the State

  • Coltart would like to start introducing education reforms — adding human-rights courses to the curriculum and getting Zimbabwean schools to address such controversial issues as the military’s massacre of thousands of civilians in Matabeleland in southern Zimbabwe in 1983.

    Frenemies of the State

  • For years Mzilikazi, leader of the Ndebele people, had banned visitors and hunters from his kingdom in the hot, dry south of the country, an area known as Matabeleland, but when he lifted the ban in 1865, Henry Hartley, the son of an 1820 Settler and a white hunter famed for his ability to wipe out staggeringly large numbers of elephants, was one of the first to travel up from South Africa.

    Rainbow’s End

  • For years Mzilikazi, leader of the Ndebele people, had banned visitors and hunters from his kingdom in the hot, dry south of the country, an area known as Matabeleland, but when he lifted the ban in 1865, Henry Hartley, the son of an 1820 Settler and a white hunter famed for his ability to wipe out staggeringly large numbers of elephants, was one of the first to travel up from South Africa.

    Rainbow’s End

  • Shamuyarira said the government had distributed more food relief to Matabeleland, which is shaping up as a key battleground for the parliamentary elections, because it was severely affected by drought and added that the government was ready to release figures on food hand-outs.

    ANC Daily News Briefing

  • Matabeleland, which is home to Zimbabwe's minority Ndebele - speaking population, was a stronghold of Nkomo's Zimbabwe African People's Union.

    The Earth Times Online Newspaper

  • Matabeleland, which is home to Zimbabwe's minority Ndebele - speaking population, was a stronghold of Nkomo's Zimbabwe African People's Union.

    The Earth Times Online Newspaper

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