Mozambique, noun

Forms:
Also Mosambique.
Origin:
See Mozambiquer.
obs.
Mozambiquer.
1819 G.M. Keith Voy. 37There are not such thick lips among the hottentots as among their neighbours the negroes the caffres and the Mozambiques.
1835 J.W.D. Moodie Ten Yrs in S. Afr. I. 201The slaves from the coast of Mozambique..are so proverbial for their extreme stupidity that the greatest affront a Dutch colonist can cast on another’s understanding is to observe that he is..as stupid as a Mozambique.
1835 G. Champion Jrnl (1968) 8When we were far out in the flats,..one of the company happened to observe a black, a Mosambique apparently lying among the bushes.
1905 W.H. Tooke in Flint & Gilchrist Science in S. Afr. 88Many individuals of this group are favourably known as labourers in the Cape Colony, where they are included in the general term ‘Mozambiques,’ applied to all natives of Portuguese East Africa.
Mozambiquer.
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