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[hot-n-tot] /ˈhɒt nˌtɒt/
Origin of Hottentot
1670-80; < Afrikaans; origin uncertain
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Hottentotic, adjective Unabridged
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noun (offensive)
(pl) -tot, -tots a former name for Khoikhoi (sense 1)
any of the languages of this people, belonging to the Khoisan family
Usage note
When referring to the people the accepted word nowadays is Khoikhoi. Hottentot continues to be used for some animal and plant names, as in Hottentot fig
Word Origin
C17: from Afrikaans, of uncertain origin
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Word Origin and History for Hottentot

1670s, from S.African Dutch, said to mean "stammerer," it is from hot en tot "hot and tot," nonsense words imitative of the clicking, jerking Khoisan speech.

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