ringkop, noun

Origin:
AfrikaansShow more Afrikaans, ring ring + kop head.
obs.
In traditional African societies: a. A man entitled to wear the head-ring as a mark of seniority; ringed-head, see ringed; ring-top sense a; also called kehla (sense 1). b. Occasionally, the head-ring.
1835 A. Smith Diary (1940) II. 72Three persons arrived, one a ring-kop who was walking in front, and the two other boys about 16 and 17 years of age.
[1907 J.P. Fitzpatrick Jock of Bushveld (Glossary) 471Kehla,..a native of certain age and position entitled to wear the head ring. Dutch, ring kop — ring head.]
1910 J. Buchan Prester John 89In such a man one would have looked for a ring-kop, but instead he had a mass of hair,..long and curled like some popular musician.
1935 Brit. S. Afr. Ann. 35Our principal native warrior, an old ‘ringkop’, promptly took up his quarters in a friendly tree.
A man entitled to wear the head-ring as a mark of seniority; ringed-head, see ringed; ring-topa; also called kehla (sense 1).
Occasionally, the head-ring.

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