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Kaapmans, plural noun

Forms:
Caapmen, CaepmansShow more Also Caapmen, Caepmans, Kaapmen, and with small initial.
Origin:
DutchShow more Dutch, Kaap Cape + mans men.
historical
(The) members of any of several Khoikhoi peoples formerly living in the south-western Cape. See also Saldanha sense 1 a, strandloper sense 2 a.
Note:
As is the case with many names of peoples and groups in South African English, this word has been found only in plural uses; however, it may be that it has also been used in unrecorded singular forms.
1838 D. Moodie Record I. 247Goringhaiquas, whose Chief is named Gogosoa, and who are the Caepmans; they are, exclusive of women and children, about 300 men capable of bearing arms.
1982 (tr. of J. Van Riebeeck’s Jrnl) in Voice 11 July 9At the Fort today, peace was renewed with the chiefs and overlord of the kaapmans (Gogosoa).
(The) members of any of several Khoikhoi peoples formerly living in the south-western Cape.

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