1886G.A. FariniThrough Kalahari Desert 325We picked up the spoor of a clump of six [ostriches], of which Kert said he could tell from their footprints that four were manekies (males).
1919F.W. FitzsimonsNatural Hist. of S. Afr.I. 35 (Swart)It is presumed some old ‘mannetjie’, more clumsy that the rest, must have slammed to the upper half, or perhaps it was the wind.
1963M. KavanaghWe Merry Peasants 172The seller was as ignorant as we were about their sex and to make sure I called on a coloured farmer...He kindly drove with me to inspect and pronounced: ‘hens’. He..regretted that he could not supply a ‘mannetjie’ for them.
1964J. BennettMr Fisherman (1967) 99While the whales were around his fear had made him forget his tiredness...‘The prop,’ said Pillay. ‘That old killer, that old mannetjie, he snapped a blade right off.’
1977F.G. ButlerKaroo Morning 46The lands were suddenly full of ostriches — the black ones were men, the grey ones ladies. They were different colours? ‘They say it’s for protection...The mannetjie sits on the eggs at night; and because he is black, his enemies can’t see him at all.’
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