bitter watermelon, noun phrase

Forms:
Also bitter watermeloen.
Origin:
South African DutchShow more Translation of South African Dutch bitterwaatlemoen, bitter bitter + waatlemoen watermelon.
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c1822 W.J. Burchell in C.A. Smith Common Names (1966) 109Bitter water Meloen. Cat. Geogr. Sub. 2128.
1857 D. Livingstone Missionary Trav. 48These melons are not, however, all of them eatable; some are sweet, and others are so bitter that the whole are named by the Boers the ‘bitter water-melon’.
1890 P. MacOwan in C.A. Smith Common Names (1966) 109The Bitterwatermelon..is of some medicinal value.
[1966 C.A. Smith Common Names 109Bitterwaatlemoen,..Citrullus lanatus: In general character like the cultivated watermelon..but smaller...The pulp is intensely bitter and has apparently been known since early colonial days for its purgative properties.]
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