) is an Arabic
word meaning liar
. In a religious context it is often used to mean infidel
, 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.