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Nama, adjective and noun

Origin:
See Namaqua.
A. adjective
1. Of or pertaining to the Nama (see sense B 1); Namaqua adjective.
1862 W.H.I. Bleek Comparative GrammarThe Nama language..is represented by a large amount of missionary literature.
1978 Drum Aug. 58I am a Nama-guy of Namibia, 21 years old and would like to correspond with ladies and gentlemen between the ages of 18 to 28.
2. Geology. Designating or pertaining to a Precambrian-Cambrian sedimentary rock formation found in the south-western part of Southern Africa. In the special collocations Nama Group, Nama System: this geological formation.
1965 Hamilton & Cooke Geology for S. Afr. Students 199In the South African region no clearly identifiable fossil-bearing deposits of Cambrian age are known but the Nama System of South-West Africa extends southwards into the Cape and is almost certainly Cambrian. For this reason, the term ‘pre-Nama’ can be used as a rough parallel to Precambrian.
1980 L.E. Kent Stratigraphy of S. Afr. (Dept of Mineral & Energy Affairs) I. 498The first macrofossils from the Nama Group were discovered..in 1908 and 1914.
B. noun , plural unchanged, Namas, or Naman.
1. A member of one of the four main Khoikhoi peoples of western South Africa and Namibia; Namaqua noun sense 1. See also Bondelswart, Chinese Hottentot, Khoikhoi sense 1.
1881 T. Hahn Tsuni-‖Goam 89I afterwards made him a present of ammunition, and, as anxious as a Nama is to possess that most precious material, he said: ‘No’.
1991 Bulletin (Centre for Science Dev.) Mar. 3The impact of mission work on the Nama and Oorlams was fundamental because it stimulated new needs outside the traditional redistributive system.
2. The language of this people.
1883 R.N. Cust Mod. Langs of Afr. II. 439The Directors of the Rhenish Society..wrote in 1882 to the British amd Foreign Bible Society to arrest any further printing of Books of the Old Testament in Nama, as that language was being superseded by Dutch.
1983 S. Afr. 1983: Off. Yrbk (Dept of Foreign Affairs & Info.) 107The Khoe languages constitute a language family...The major literary language is Nama.
Of or pertaining to the Nama (see B 1); Namaquaadjective.
Designating or pertaining to a Precambrian-Cambrian sedimentary rock formation found in the south-western part of Southern Africa. In the special collocations Nama Group, Nama System: this geological formation.
A member of one of the four main Khoikhoi peoples of western South Africa and Namibia; Namaquanoun1.
The language of this people.

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