Gamtouers, plural noun

Forms:
Chamtouers, GamtoosShow more Also Chamtouers, Gamtoos, Kamtours.
Origin:
KhoikhoiShow more Khoikhoi name.
historical
Collectively, the members of a Khoikhoi people formerly living in the south-eastern Cape, near present-day Port Elizabeth. Also attributive.
1731 G. Medley tr. of P. Kolben’s Present State of Cape of G.H. I. 79On the Houteniquas border the Chamtouers; who are possess’d of a fine flat Country, well grass’d and water’d.
1731 G. Medley tr. of P. Kolben’s Present State of Cape of G.H. I. 288The Chamtouers and Heykoms never cease fighting while their Chief plays on a sort of Flagelet.
1795 C.R. Hopson tr. of C.P. Thunberg’s Trav. I. 308Still farther to the eastward, following the coast, one first finds the Kamtours nation, then the Heycoms, and lastly the Caffres.
[1920 C. Pettman in S. Afr. Jrnl of Science Vol.17 No.3, 352One place-name that is generally regarded as of Hottentot origin is the name Gamtoos, a river which runs into St. Francis Bay...The name appears in the ‘Kaaps Dagregister’ very early in the eighteenth century in the form ‘Gamtouws,’ as the name of a Hottentot tribe.]
1989 P.E. Raper Dict. of Sn Afr. Place Names 171Gamtoos River,..Of Khoekhoen origin, the name is probably derived from that of a tribe, the Gamtoos or Gamtouers etc.
Collectively, the members of a Khoikhoi people formerly living in the south-eastern Cape, near present-day Port Elizabeth. Also attributive.
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