boereraat, noun

Forms:
Also boereraad.
Plurals:
boererate /ˈbuːrərɑːtə/.
Origin:
AfrikaansShow more Afrikaans, boere see boere + raat remedy.
A folk medicine or home remedy; huismiddel. Also attributive, and figurative. See also bossiemiddel, huis-apotheek, (old) Dutch medicine (Dutch adjective sense 2).
[1943 I. Frack S. Afr. Doctor 123In the country..one gets them (sc. cancers) very late..after the usual course of Boereraadjies and Dutch Medicines.]
1974 Blossom in Darling 11 Sept. 119Use a face-pack once a week..mainly I use ouma’s boereraat; mud, lemon juice and egg-white.
1976 S. Afr. Panorama May 25There are just as many mampoer ‘boererate’ (country remedies) as leaves on a peach tree.
1980 C. Barnard in Daily Dispatch 1 Sept. 6The ever-popular ‘medical’ column..purportedly..written ‘by a doctor’..gives the most sophisticated boererate (home remedies) in reply to problems put by readers.
1983 J.A. Brown White Locusts 199‘We have our boererate,’ said Joubert mildly. It was the same remark he had made in Pretoria when he gave Christiaan his Mauser.
1988 M. Nel in Personality 25 Apr. 56After a very expensive consultation for an unexpected ailment he threw in a bit of ‘boereraat’ (homely advice) which turned out to be the best cure.
1989 D. Smuts Folk RemediesPreface, Folk remedies are as old as man himself...‘Boererate’ originated in times of struggle and isolation on far-flung farms, in oxwagons crossing an unknown interior.
1990 Personality 19 Nov. 14She helped Nelson Mandela cure his TB with ‘boereraad’ medicine.
A folk medicine or home remedy; huismiddel. Also attributive, and figurative.
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