Hottentot

Hottentot

[hot-n-tot]
noun

Origin:
1670–80; < Afrikaans; origin uncertain

Hottentotic, adjective
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Hottentot (ˈhɒtənˌtɒt)
 
n , -tot, -tots
1.  a former name for Khoikhoi
2.  any of the languages of this people, belonging to the Khoisan family
 
usage  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

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Hottentot
1677, from S.African Du., 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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