Definition of Hottentot

1. Noun. Any of the Khoisan languages spoken by the pastoral people of Namibia and South Africa.

Exact synonyms: Khoikhoi, Khoikhoin
Generic synonyms: Khoisan, Khoisan Language



Definition of Hottentot

1. n. One of a degraded and savage race of South Africa, with yellowish brown complexion, high cheek bones, and wooly hair growing in tufts.

Definition of Hottentot

1. Proper noun. (archaic _ or _ offensive) A member of the Khoekhoe group of peoples. ¹

2. Proper noun. The language of the Khoi, remarkable for its clicks. ¹

3. Proper noun. Any of several fish of the genus ''Pachymetopon'', in the family ''Sparidae''. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Medical Definition of Hottentot

1. 1. One of a degraded and savage race of South Africa, with yellowish brown complexion, high cheek bones, and wooly hair growing in tufts. 2. The language of the Hottentots, which is remarkable for its clicking sounds. Hottentot cherry See Elephant's foot, under Elephant. Origin: D. Hottentot; so called from hot and tot, two syllables of frequent occurrence in their language. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Hottentot

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Literary usage of Hottentot

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1. The Catholic Encyclopedia: An International Work of Reference on the by Charles George Herbermann (1913)
"For the description of the pure Hottentot we are dependent on ancient writers like ... The most striking characteristic of the Hottentot language for the ..."

2. The Uncivilized Races of Men in All Countries of the World by John George Wood (1882)
"This nation, now known collectively under the name of Hottentot, was at that time the owner and master of the land, of which it had held possession for a ..."

3. Travels in the Interior of Southern Africa by William John Burchell (1822)
"Upon which the Hottentot, highly pleased with the change, ... The name of this Hottentot was Stoffel Speelman * ; his height was above the common standard, ..."

4. Southern Africa: A Geography and Natural History of the Country, Colonies by Francis [Patrick] Flemyng (1856)
"The meaning of the term Hottentot is involved in some obscurity. It seems to be of Dutch extraction (Hot-en-tot,) and was probably given in reference to ..."

5. Notes on South-African Affairs by William Binnington Boyce (1839)
"... its Hottentot subjects and dependants. Colonel Collins' account of the first ... instead of establishing there a respectable Hottentot community, ..."

6. A Narrative of a Visit to the Mauritius and South Africa by James Backhouse (1844)
"... Balfour, Buxton, and Upshaw, and on returning by the military post at the Krans, or Fort Armstrong, we called upon several Hottentot families. ..."

7. The Missionary Gazetteer: Comprising a Geographical and Statistical Account by Charles Williams (1828)
"The teacher was a Hottentot lad, who was actually a young savage when I first ... An officer of the Hottentot regiment told me that had they shot all the ..."

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