Ba·so·tho (bə-sōtō, -st)
n. pl. Basotho or Ba·so·thos
A member of a Sotho-speaking people of Lesotho and adjacent parts of South Africa.
[Sotho : ba-, pl. n. pref. + -sotho, Sotho.]
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