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kaffir dog, noun phrase

Origin:
English, AfrikaansShow more kaffir + English dog; or perhaps translation of Afrikaans kafferhond.
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1. obsolescent. A tan-coloured, short-haired hunting dog kept by indigenous peoples throughout southern Africa and characterized by its leanness, long tail, sharp muzzle, and drooping ears; kraal dog, see kraal noun sense 5.
1835 T.H. Bowker Journal. 11 JulyCafir dogs attacked the sheep, the guard kills two of them.
1971 [see boerbull].
2. derogatory. A mongrel dog: brak noun2.
1882 S. Heckford Lady Trader in Tvl 61Did she see a half-starved Kaffir dog look in her kitchen door or crawl trembling towards the dresser, it was not ‘Furtseck,’..that she would cry, but..a piece of bread or meat was sure to be offered.
1989 J. Hobbs Thoughts in Makeshift Mortuary 303Scrawny dogs tied with ropes round their necks to running wires. Kaffir dogs.
A tan-coloured, short-haired hunting dog kept by indigenous peoples throughout southern Africa and characterized by its leanness, long tail, sharp muzzle, and drooping ears; kraal dog, see kraalnoun5.
A mongrel dog: braknoun.

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