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Pandour, noun

Forms:
Also Pandoer, and with small initial.
Plurals:
Pandours, Pandoure /ˈpændʊərə/.
Origin:
English, Serbo-Croatian, South African DutchShow more Transferred use of general English Pandour a brutal Croatian soldier (historical), from Serbo-Croatian pandur a Croatian soldier; or from South African Dutch pandoer.
historical
A member of a Khoikhoi regiment established on orders from the Dutch East India Company in 1793 to defend the Colony; in the plural, this regiment. See also Hottentot noun sense 1 b.
1800 J. Backstrom in G.M. Theal Rec. of Cape Col. (1898) III. 288If the least word is said about pandours (Hottentots in service) Buys will fall upon them with the whole Caffraria.
1989 F.G. Butler Tales from Old Karoo 14The old Dutch East India Company tried to police the East Cape Frontier with pandoers — Malays and halfcastes from the Cape mixed with Hottentots..— surviving as mercenaries in the pay of the powers that had taken their land and way of life from them.
A member of a Khoikhoi regiment established on orders from the Dutch East India Company in 1793 to defend the Colony; in the plural, this regiment.

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