Definition of Khoikhoi in English:

Khoikhoi

Syllabification: Khoi·khoi
Pronunciation: /ˈkoiˌkoi
 
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(also Khoi-khoin /-ˌkoi-in/, Khoi)

noun (plural same)

  • A member of a group of indigenous peoples of South Africa and Namibia, traditionally nomadic hunter-gatherers, including the Nama people and the ancestors of the Griquas.
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    • They had a fracas with the local people, the Khoi.
    • In addition to the Afrikaners, the Cape was also inhabited by its indigenous people, the Khoikhoi, by slaves brought in by the Dutch, and by communities of people of mixed race.
    • Roughly one-fifth of the total, or 1.1 million people were counted as Europeans and 8.6 per cent as coloured, overwhelmingly in the Cape, descended from the Khoikhoi, slaves, and settlers.

adjective

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  • Relating to the Khoikhoi or their languages.
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    • The latter, speakers of the so-called ‘click language,’ included the Khoi people, and the San or Bushmen.
    • New futures are easier to talk about than achieve but, driving back to my home in Swellendam, I remember the words of another Khoi song I read in the museum.
    • I believe that Qonce was a San or Khoi name for the Buffalo River.

Origin

Nama, literally 'men of men'.

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