seTswanaShow more seTswana baTlhaping, plural noun prefix ba- (rarely ma-prefix2) + tlapi fish + locative suffix -eng, -ng; this can be literally interpreted as ‘they of the (place of the) fish’. For notes on singular and plural forms, see ba-.
A member of a Tswana people, living mainly in the Northern Cape, who have a fish as their totem; Briqua. See also Tswana sense 2 a. Also attributive.
The unprefixed form ‘Tlhaping’ is used mainly in modern academic contexts: see γ quotations.
1822W.J. BurchellTrav.I. 364By barter for beads and tobacco they annually obtain from the Bachapins (called Briquas or Goat men in the Hottentot language) a number of oxen.
1833Graham’s Town Jrnl 16 May 2The chief Mahura, of the Batlapiis is exceedingly afraid of him.
1835A. SmithDiary (1940) II. 34A native visited our encampment. He was a Batlapi and lived at a kraal not far distant.
1839W.C. HarrisWild Sports 63The scattered inhabitants of this part of the country are the remnants of various Bechuana tribes..and consist principally of the Barolong, Wangkets, Batlapi and Baharootzi.
1857D. LivingstoneMissionary Trav. 13The different Bechuana tribes are named after certain animals...The term Bakatla means ‘they of the monkey’; Bakuena, ‘they of the alligator’; Batlapi, ‘they of the fish’; each tribe having a superstitious dread of the animal after which it is called.
1871J. MackenzieTen Yrs N. of Orange River 58The Batlaping tribe had been broken up, and were scattered over the country under ‘head-men’; the power of the supreme chief being considerably in abeyance.
1887J.W. MatthewsIncwadi Yami 257A region which, if it had not been for the wonderful discovery of diamonds, would yet have been the home of the half-caste Griqua, the indolent Batlapin, the marauding Koranna, the pigmy Bushman or the pioneer Boer.
1931G. BeetGrand Old Days 35Chief Jantje, of the Batlapins, was also a cause of great vexation to the early diggers.
1971Rand Daily Mail 6 Mar. 11Strong resistance by members of the Batlhaping tribe at Majeng, near Taung, against being moved by the Department of Bantu Administration and Development from land it has occupied for the past 62 years.
1976B. RobertsKimberley 61The Keate Award..gave the Barolong and BaThlaping tribes certain land.
1990Sunday Times 27 May (Mag. Sect.) 6The Batlaping tribe, who were moved (with their livestock) from the area..now want to return.
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