rondganger, noun

Forms:
Also rondeganger.
Origin:
Afrikaans, DutchShow more Afrikaans, from Dutch rondeganger roundsman, watch.
historical
see quotation 1887.
1873 L.G.R. in Cape Monthly Mag. VI. 211In the guard-house are two soldiers placed called the ‘Rondegangers,’ who watch an hour-glass and take turns to reverse it when the sand is run out.
1969 I. Vaughan Last of Sunlit Yrs 50The old bell which tolled the hours, and where story has it, a rondganger hanged himself for love of a secunde’s daughter, still hangs there.
see quotation 1887.

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