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[gree-kwuh, grik-wuh]
  1. (in South Africa) a person of mixed African and European descent, especially a native of Griqualand.
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Historical Examples of griqua

  • The town is named after the Griqua chief Adam Kok, who founded it in 1869.

    Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 15, Slice 8


  • And the Griqua, puffing and perspiring, did put his best foot forward.


    Bertram Mitford

  • They had left Mr. and Mrs. Hughes at Griqua Town, where they were to remain for a season.

    Robert Moffat

    David J. Deane

  • They had not, however, been long at Griqua town before news arrived that both the bodies of Mantatees had altered their routes.

    The Mission

    Frederick Marryat

  • He tells of her birth at Griqua Town in 1821, her education in England, their marriage and their love.

British Dictionary definitions for griqua



  1. plural -qua, -quas, -kwa or -kwas a member of a people of mixed European and Khoikhoi ancestry, living chiefly in Griqualand
  2. the language or dialect of Khoikhoi spoken by this people, belonging to the Khoisan family
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