Pronunciation: (ban'tOO), [key]
—n., pl. -tus, (esp. collectively) -tu,
1. a member of any of several Negroid peoples forming a linguistically and in some respects culturally interrelated family in central and southern Africa.
2. a grouping of more than 500 languages of central and southern Africa, as Kikuyu, Swahili, Tswana, and Zulu, all related within a subbranch of the Benue-Congo branch of the Niger-Kordofanian family.
of, pertaining to, or characteristic of Bantu or the Bantu peoples.
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