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kaffir corn:

see sorghumsorghum,
tall, coarse annual (Sorghum bicolor) of the family Poaceae (grass family), somewhat similar in appearance to corn (but having the grain in a panicle rather than an ear) and used for much the same purposes.
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(from Arabic kafir, “infidel,” “unbeliever”—that is, not a Muslim), a name used in the past (until the late 19thcentury) by neighboring Muslim peoples for the population ofNuristan (formerly Kafiristan), a high-mountain region ofnortheastern Afghanistan.

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, Kafir
1. a former name for the Xhosa language
2. Offensive (among Muslims) a non-Muslim or infidel
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On 7 March 1908, Gandhi wrote about his prison experience: "We were marched off to a prison intended for Kaffirs. There, our garments were stamped with the letter 'N', which meant that we were being classed with the Natives.
On 1 June 1906, Gandhi wrote: "The Boer Government insulted the Indians by classing them with the Kaffirs." (Vol.
Even the children are taught to believe in that manner, with the result that the Indian is being dragged down to the position of a raw Kaffir." (Vol.
Let me vent about a white lady calling a black till lady at Pick n Pay "Kaffir", in front of hundreds of people, but not even a single person did anything.
He describes the Queen as a leading kaffir and blames her, as head of the Church of England, for converting Muslims to Christianity.
I see by the papers there is an idea on the part of the Labour Association at the Rand to issue a ration of kaffir beer to labourers as a preventative against scurvy.
The price of Kaffir Corn (sort of millet) has gone to double what it ought to be.
As Crais demonstrates, however, used sensitively, meticulously, and even humbly, postmodern techniques can provide important, original insights and reinterpretations of such well-treated texts as "Kaffir wars," the Great Trek, or the Xhosa cattle-killing of the 1850s.