n. pl. Bantu or Ban·tus
1. A member of any of a large number of linguistically related peoples of central and southern Africa.
2. A group of over 400 closely related languages spoken in central, east-central, and southern Africa, belonging to the eastern branch of the Benue-Congo group of the Niger-Congo language family and including Swahili, Kinyarwanda, Kirundi, Zulu, and Xhosa.
[From Proto-Bantu *bantu, people : *ba-, pl. human pref. + *-ntu, entity.]
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