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Kaffir (or Kafir) is an Arabic word meaning liar. In a religious context it is often used to mean infidel, unbeliever, i.e., a non-Muslim.

In South Africa, some white people, especially among Afrikaners, use the word Kaffir as a derogatory term referring to persons of aboriginal African descent; it is a counterpart of the North American word nigger.

Kaffir is also a variety of lime, the Kaffir lime leaves used in cooking.