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noun, plural Gen·toos.
  1. a Hindu.
  2. any of the languages of those who practice the Hindu religion, especially Telugu.
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  1. of or relating to the Gentoos.
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Origin of Gentoo

1630–40; < Portuguese gentio gentile
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Examples from the Web for gentoo

Historical Examples

  • Hamilton was busy, about this time, dredging in swamp pools and securing specimens of the rockhopper or gentoo penguin.

    The Home of the Blizzard

    Douglas Mawson

  • Sandell and I visited the gentoo penguin colony in Aerial Cove during the afternoon, for the purpose of getting a few eggs.

  • This place, called Callenda, was anciently a seat of the Gentoo kings of Mundu, one of whom was there drowned while drunk.

  • It is to feed a sick Gentoo with beef broth, and to foment his wounds with brandy.

  • A man of his character, and recommended by you, would be welcome here, were he a Gentoo or a Mahometan.

British Dictionary definitions for gentoo


noun plural -toos
  1. (sometimes not capital) archaic a Hindu, esp as distinguished from a Muslim
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Word Origin

C17: from Portuguese gentio pagan (literally: Gentile)
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