Kaffir corn
Kaffir Kaf"fir (k[a^]f"f[~e]r), Kafir Ka"fir (k[aum]"f[~e]r), n. [Ar. k[=a]fir infidel, pagan, fr. kafara to be skeptical in religious matters; -- a name given to certain infidel races by the Mohammedans. Cf. {Giaour}.] 1. (Ethnol.) (a) 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. (b) One of a race inhabiting Kafiristan in Central Asia. [Spelt also {Caffre}.] [1913 Webster]

2. Any Black African; -- a disparaging and offensive term used by white South Africans. [South Africa]

Syn: kaffir, caffer, caffre. [WordNet 1.5]

{Kaffir corn} (Bot.), a Cape Colony name for Indian millet. [1913 Webster]


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  • kaffir corn — noun important for human and animal food; growth habit and stem form similar to Indian corn but having sawtooth edged leaves • Syn: ↑great millet, ↑kaffir, ↑kafir corn, ↑Sorghum bicolor • Hypernyms: ↑sorghum * * * kaffir corn noun …   Useful english dictionary

  • Kaffir-corn — dvispalvis sorgas statusas T sritis vardynas apibrėžtis Miglinių šeimos grūdinis, pašarinis, pluoštinis, prieskoninis, vaistinis kultūrinis nuodingas augalas (Sorghum bicolor), auginamas atogrąžose ir paatogrąžiuose, naudojamas maisto priedams… …   Lithuanian dictionary (lietuvių žodynas)

  • kaffir corn — noun A species of millet, Sorghum bicolor, a common ingredient in birdseed mixes …   Wiktionary

  • Kaffir — Kaf fir (k[a^]f f[ e]r), Kafir Ka fir (k[aum] f[ e]r), n. [Ar. k[=a]fir infidel, pagan, fr. kafara to be skeptical in religious matters; a name given to certain infidel races by the Mohammedans. Cf. {Giaour}.] 1. (Ethnol.) (a) One of a race which …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • kaffir — /ˈkæfə/ (say kafuh) noun 1. Also, kaffir corn. any of certain grain sorghums, varieties of Sorghum bicolor, with stout, short jointed, leafy stalks, cultivated in South Africa. 2. → kafir. {See Kaffir.} …   Australian English dictionary

  • kaffir beer — noun Usage: usually capitalized K : a beer prepared by the native population of southern Africa from grain * * * Kaffir beer, an alcoholic beverage brewed from corn by Kaffirs in South Africa …   Useful english dictionary

  • kafir corn — noun important for human and animal food; growth habit and stem form similar to Indian corn but having sawtooth edged leaves • Syn: ↑great millet, ↑kaffir, ↑kaffir corn, ↑Sorghum bicolor • Hypernyms: ↑sorghum * * * noun see …   Useful english dictionary

  • Caffre — Kaffir Kaf fir (k[a^]f f[ e]r), Kafir Ka fir (k[aum] f[ e]r), n. [Ar. k[=a]fir infidel, pagan, fr. kafara to be skeptical in religious matters; a name given to certain infidel races by the Mohammedans. Cf. {Giaour}.] 1. (Ethnol.) (a) One of a… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Kafir — Kaffir Kaf fir (k[a^]f f[ e]r), Kafir Ka fir (k[aum] f[ e]r), n. [Ar. k[=a]fir infidel, pagan, fr. kafara to be skeptical in religious matters; a name given to certain infidel races by the Mohammedans. Cf. {Giaour}.] 1. (Ethnol.) (a) One of a… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • kaffircorn — kaffir corn n. See kaffir. * * * …   Universalium

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