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date: 21 August 2018

gentoo n. (also gintu, jentoe, jintoe) [‘named for the Gentoo, a ship which arrived at Cape Town in the mid-19th century with a group of women passengers who became prostitutes; the countries of origin of the women and the ship, and the circumstances of their arrival at the Cape are obscure and in dispute’ (DSAE). The main theories point to the UK, whose authorities sent out 46 women spec. recruited for the task, or the French] (S.Afr.) 

Source:
Green's Dictionary of Slang
Author(s):

Jonathon Green

a prostitute; thus gentoo house, a brothel, usu. entertained by a Malay band. ...

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