2. Word forms: plural ˈBantus or ˈBantu
of the Bantus or their languages or cultures
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Word origin of 'Bantu'Bantu ba-ntu, the men < ba, var. of aba, pl. prefix + -ntu, man: coined (1850s) by W. H. I. Bleek, librarian of the Brit gov. of the Cape Colony