Tongwe (Sitongwe) and Bende (Sibende) constitute a clade of Bantu languages coded Zone F.10 in Guthrie's classification. According to Nurse & Philippson (2003), they form a valid node. Indeed, at 90% lexical similarity they may be dialects of a single language.
Bende can refer to:
Bende people, ethnic group in Tanzania
Bende language, dialect of Tongwe language
Bende, Nigeria, Local Government Area in Abia, Nigeria
Bende, sub-municipality of Durbuy, Belgium
Note: The Guthrie classification is geographic and its groupings do not imply a relationship between the languages within them.