Definition of ramkie in English:

ramkie

Line breaks: ram¦kie
Pronunciation: /ˈramki
 
/

noun

  • A stringed instrument resembling a guitar, formerly played by the Khoikhoi people of southern Africa.
    More example sentences
    • The earliest description of the ramkie came from O.F. Mentzel (1733) who witnessed Khoikhoi makers and players of the instrument.
    • A similar instrument, the Ramkie, has existed in South Africa since the early 18th century.

Origin

early 19th century: from Afrikaans, from Nama rangi-b, perhaps from Portuguese rabequinha, diminutive of rabeca 'fiddle'.

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