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Bastard Hottentot, noun phrase

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Also with small initials.
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South African DutchShow more From South African Dutch, see Bastard and Hottentot.
historical
A member of a people of mixed Khoikhoi, white, and black African origin. See also Bastard noun sense 1, Griqua sense 1, Hottentot sense 4 a. Also attributive.
1790 tr. of F. Le Vaillant’s Trav. II. 202Klaas..informed me that four bastard Hottentots were concealed in my camp, and that he suspected them to be spies sent by the planters of Bruyntjes-Hoogte.
1976 R. Ross Adam Kok’s Griquas 13‘Bastaard-Hottentots’..were considered by the whites to be of mixed origin, having either one slave or one white ancestor. In fact, however, the term denoted a social rather than a genetic status...They were transport riders, day-labourers, craftsmen, and most frequently, small farmers, living without title to their lands beyond the current frontier of white expansion.
A member of a people of mixed Khoikhoi, white, and black African origin.

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