clapping, verbal noun

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EnglishShow more Special sense of general English clapping ‘striking, noise as of striking’ (OED).
obs.
clacking.
1790 tr. of Le Vaillant’s Trav. II. 236The Hottentots name this antelope nou, preceded by that..clapping which I have already mentioned. It was probably this clapping which induced Colonel Gordon to add a g to the proper name, which renders the pronunciation of it almost the same.
1841 B. Shaw Memorials 23The Namacqua language, though in some respects different, is evidently of the same origin with the Hottentot; and abounds with the peculiar clapping of the tongue.
clacking.
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