chicotte

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English[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From French chicotte.

Noun[edit]

chicotte (plural chicottes)

  1. A long knotted whip with a wooden handle, formerly used as a punishment in the Congo and Portuguese Africa.
    • 1928, Daily Express, 28 November:
      Corporal punishment, or ‘chicotte’, now exists only in the Congo army.
    • 1998, Adam Hochschild, King Leopold's Ghost, Pan 2012, p. 120:
      Usually the chicotte was applied to the victim's bare buttocks.

French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Portuguese chicote, probably borrowed from French chicot.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

chicotte f (plural chicottes)

  1. whip, chicotte