One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A name formerly given to: a member of any indigenous people of Southern Africa familiar, as a result of long contact, with the customs, standards, and language of the Dutch colonists. Now historical.
2A member of a predominantly Khoesan, Afrikaans-speaking, people of Namibia, displaced from the Cape Colony in the mid 19th cent.
Of or relating to the Oorlams of Namibia. Now historical.
Early 19th century. From South African Dutch oorlam, probably from Malay or- + lam- (in orang lama, lit. ‘old hands’ from orang person + lama length (of time)).
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