Afrikaans, DutchShow more Afrikaans (from Dutch) ‘crazy (person)’, mal mad + kop head.
1.obsolete.Pathology.The staggers, a disease of livestock induced by the ingestion of poisonous vegetable material. Also attributive.Cf. domsiekte sense b.
1731G. Medleytr. ofP. 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.
1899A. WernerCaptain 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.
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