Colour words in Xhosa


black mnyama - black


white mhlophe - white

Expressions

  • ihobe elimhlophe - (white) dove
  • mhlophe gede - white as snow

red bomvu - red

Expression

  • Ukuba bomvu - to be illiterate (to be red)

yellow lubhelu / mthubi - yellow

Expression

  • icesina emthubi - yellow fever

blue luhlaza - blue; green; raw; rude; uneducated


 


brown ntsundu - brown


pink bomvana / pinki - pink


orange orenji - orange


grey ngwevu - grey


purple mfusa - purple


amber tyheli - amber


auburn bomvu-gwanqa - auburn


azure zulu - azure


beige ibala elilubhelu-bungwevu - beige


bronze umbala wobhedu - bronze


cream nocwambu - cream


crimson ngqombela - crimson


puce limfusa-mdaka - puce


imbala/umbala = color

Xhosa colours provided by Venessa R.

Information about the use of colours in Xhosa and Zulu beadwork
http://www.axisgallery.com/african_art/illuminated-signs/intro.html

Colour words in other languages

Information about the Xhosa language | Xhosa phrases


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