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strandloper, noun

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Formerly also strandlooper.
Origin:
DutchShow more Transferred use of Dutch strandlooper, from strand beach + looper walker, runner (used of various birds throughout the world).
1. obsolete. Any of several coastal plovers of the Charadriidae; strandlopertjie.
[1731 G. Medley tr. of P. Kolben’s Present State of Cape of G.H. II. 157The Dutch call this Bird Strand Loper, i.e. Shore-Courser. She is frequently seen about the Cape.]
1923 Haagner & Ivy Sketches of S. Afr. Bird-Life 257The little Three-banded Plover (Charadrius tricollaris) is called the Strand-looper (Shore-runner) in most parts of the country, and is found almost everywhere within our limits.
2.
a. In historical contexts. With initial capital. Usually in the plural, often used collectively: originally, (the) members of those Stone Age communities of Khoisan fisher-gatherers living in former times on the shores of Table Bay, and subsisting on plants, shellfish, etc.; subsequently, (the) members of any of several similar (nomadic) communities on the Western Cape and Namibian coasts; Goringhaikona; Waterman. Also attributive. See also Kaapmans.
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‘Strandloper’ denotes those sharing a common mode of life rather than a common ethnic identity.
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Used in general English by archaeologists to denote any prehistoric people who were nomadic about coastal areas or inland shores.
1838 D. Moodie (tr. of J. van Riebeeck’s Jrnl) in Record I. 16In the evening some of the Saldania Ottentoos came to the Fort...These two Saldaniers were much bolder and livelier men than the Strandlopers who daily live with us, but still having the same language and clothing.
1993 Weekend Post 15 May (Leisure) 5Middens — large rubbish heaps where the Late Stone Age folk (Strandlopers) discarded their shells..can be seen.
b. transferred sense One who walks along the shore; a beachcomber.
1939 S. Cloete Watch for Dawn 46Where will you go then...There is one place left. There is the sea. Our children becoming a nation of strand-loopers, eaters of shellfish.
1987 D. Briscoe in Motorist 2nd Quarter 4Those tides which are so important to fishermen are equally vital for other ‘strandlopers’ — those who have a touch of conchology..running through their veins.
Any of several coastal plovers of the Charadriidae; strandlopertjie.
originally, (the) members of those Stone Age communities of Khoisan fisher-gatherers living in former times on the shores of Table Bay, and subsisting on plants, shellfish, etc.; subsequently, (the) members of any of several similar (nomadic) communities on the Western Cape and Namibian coasts; Goringhaikona; Waterman. Also attributive.
One who walks along the shore; a beachcomber.
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Hence strandloop intransitive verb, see quotation 1928.
1928 E.H.L. Schwarz Kalahari & its Native Races 148The question of the Strandlooper and their [sic] relationship to the Bushmen does not come within the scope of the present description; my own impression is that all natives ‘strand loop’, i.e., go to the seaside, Bushmen, Hottentots and Bantu.

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