noun, often capitalized
voor·​trek·​ker | \ ˈfōrˌtrekər \
plural -s

Definition of voortrekker

: a South African pioneer especially : one of the Boers who took part in the trek from Cape Colony to the Transvaal in 1834–37

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History and Etymology for voortrekker

Afrikaans, from voor before, in front (from Middle Dutch vore) + trekker emigrant, from trek to pull, move, emigrate + -er; akin to Old High German fora before

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“Voortrekker.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/voortrekker. Accessed 4 Mar. 2021.

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