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baroe, barroe, noun

Forms:
baroo, barouShow more Also baroo, barou, barup.
Origin:
Khoikhoi
a. Any of several species of the plant Cyphia of the Campanulaceae, with an edible, tuberous rootstock.
1795 C.R. Hopson tr. of C.P. Thunberg’s Trav. II. 102Besides the above-mentioned plant called Kon or Gunna, they use two others, viz. one called Kamekà, or Barup, which is said to be a large and watery root; and another called Ku, which is likewise, according to report, a large and succulent root.
1976 [see kambro].
b. With a distinguishing epithet designating a particular species of baroe:
bergbaroe, see berg sense 1 b ii;
bosbaroe /ˈbɔs-/, and formerly boschbaroe /ˈbɔʃ-/ [Afrikaans, bos, formerly bosch, see bosch], Cyphia sylvatica;
veldbaroe /felt/ [Afrikaans, veld uncultivated countryside], Cyphia undulata.
1893 P. MacOwan in C.A. Smith Common Names 160Bosch Barroe dug up and eaten by school boys.
1972 Beeton & Dorner in Eng. Usage in Sn Afr. Vol.3 No.2, 17There are several recognised species: bergbaroe (Cyphia assimilis), (C. bulbosa), bosbaroe (C. phyteuma), (C. sylvatica),..veldbaroe, [etc.].
Any of several species of the plant Cyphia of the Campanulaceae, with an edible, tuberous rootstock.

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