n. pl. Hottentotor Hot·ten·tots
1. A Khoikhoi person.
2. Any of the Khoekhoe languages.
[Afrikaans, perhaps from Dutch *hot en tot, (the syllables) hot and tot, an attempt by early European colonists to imitate the sound of the clicks in indigenous languages such as those of the Khoikhoi (although this explanation is not supported by early written accounts of southern Africa).]
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