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Origin of the name GWALA.
Etymology of the name GWALA.
Meaning of the baby name GWALA.


GWALA.  African Zulu.  From the vocabulary word gwala, meaning "coward."

    i—GWALA, n. pl. ama.  (From the verb.)  Figuratively: a coward, lit. a foul or rusty character.
    u—GWALA, n. pl. izin.  (This is dialectic from an obsolete verb kwala, which radically coincides with kala, to cry out, or bring out a voice.  From that comes in-Kwali, fasan, so called from its cry or noise, and used in Zulu and Xosa.  The latter has also a verb, gwala, to whistle, and the noun ugwali, a flute or whistle, which is the same as this word.  But the noun i-Kwelo (derived from kwala), i.e.: whistling, both in Zulu and Xosa, places my etymology beyond all doubts, and ugwala is in tribal use besides.)
    A kind of flute.  In the Xosa a simple piece of reed, one or two feet long.  But in Natal a small bow, consisting of a stick and a string fastened at its two ends.  At the one end of the string a small piece of reed, from two to three inches long, is fastened, having a hole, to which the mouth is applied.  It gives a kind of tremulous sound.
    ubu—GWALA, n. sing. (From the verb gwala.)  Cowardice.
(A Zulu-Kafir Dictionary, Döhne, 1857)


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