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- n. (derogatory, ethnic slur) A small (usually black) child; a tot; a toddler.
Oh, a good boy, fit, speaks English, disease-free, got himself a little piccanin, rides ten miles each way on the bus from the townships to the suburbs to make tea, water the garden, comb out her wigs.
Our voorlooper was no scraggy piccanin, he was brawny and bearded, an expert Mashona woodman.
It was the big black snake that lived in the ant-hill at the back of the house whose movements Jim and the piccanin had been discussing.
The piccanin was sent off to get water, the kitchen door was safely locked.
He took his time and went at it leisurely, I gathered, with his piccanin astride upon his shoulders.
Jim and the new piccanin were just discussing the movements of somebody as he arrived.
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