Yesterday I told you about a new-to-me detective story. It was The Death of the Mantis by Michael Stanley. The book was filled with new-to-me words as well. They were all very interesting, all about things in the African country of Botswana. Here’s just a few:
1. Khoisan: The name by which the lighter-skinned indigenous peoples of southern Africa, the Khoi (Hottentots) and the San (Bushmen), are known. These people dominated the subcontinent for millennia before the appearance of the Nguni and other black peoples.
A springbok is a medium-size brown-and-white antelope. A springbok has the ability to survive long periods without water. He’s the national animal of South Africa.
3. donga: As he searched for them, he came to the top of a donga.
A donga is a dry river course with steep sides.
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