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malkop, noun and adjective

Forms:
Formerly also mall-koppen.
Origin:
Afrikaans, DutchShow more Afrikaans (from Dutch) ‘crazy (person)’, mal mad + kop head.
A. noun
1. obsolete. Pathology. The staggers, a disease of livestock induced by the ingestion of poisonous vegetable material. Also attributive. Cf. domsiekte sense b.
1731 G. Medley tr. of P. Kolben’s Present State of Cape of G.H. I. 128When the Sheep of a Kraal are seiz’d with the Megrims (the Hottentots call the Distemper by the Dutch Terms, Mall-Koppen i.e. disorder’d in the Head) the Inhabitants make propitiatory Sacrifices.
1914 Farmer’s Annual 137Gid, Sturdy, or ‘Mal-Kop’...Owing to the brain disturbance, the animal seems to lose the power of governing its movements.
2. An insane, crazed, or foolish person.
1913 C. Pettman Africanderisms 308Malkop,..A wrong-headed, foolish person; also one who is insane.
1976 J. McClure Rogue Eagle 209‘Do you know where this path leads?’ ‘Didn’t the boy say?’ ‘He’s a malkop — just that it went to the west.’
B. adjective Crazy.
1899 A. Werner Captain of Locusts 22I can’t very well make it out. Something about his being the Great Induna of all the locusts; they are his impis, and he tells them when to come and go. The man is malkop, I think. [Note] Crazy.
The staggers, a disease of livestock induced by the ingestion of poisonous vegetable material. Also attributive.
An insane, crazed, or foolish person.
Crazy.

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