AfrikaansShow more Afrikaans, boere see boere + wors (earlier worst) sausage.
1.A popular traditional sausage, usually a coarsely-ground mixture of beef and pork seasoned with various spices; boerie; also called wors (sense 1). Also attributive.See also braaiwors (braainoun sense 4).
[1913A. GlossopBarnes’s S. Afr. Hsehold Guide 320Farmer’s Sausages...To make 4 lb.: Take 3½ lb. beef, and ½ lb. fat pork, put it through the sausage machine.]
1937Handbk for Farmers (Dept of Agric. & Forestry) 1171Sausage (Boerwors). 10 lb. beef 5 lb. pork or mutton fat (tail fat) 4 tablespoons ground coriander (1 oz.) 4 tablespoons salt (2 oz.).
1949L.G. GreenIn Land of Afternoon 63Boerewors..may be defined as a game sausage dating back years before the Great Trek; a sausage in which the meat has been pounded with a wooden stamper rather than minced. Modern boerewors, which is not to be despised, is usually a mixture of lean beef with pork fat, seasoned with wine or vinegar.
1956A.G. McRaeHill Called Grazing 74I’d bought a yard-and-a-half of boerwors, the coarse Boer sausage which I love.
1966L.G. BergerWhere’s Madam 57At night the braaivleis really came into its own, with flickering flames, soggy salads in chipped enamel basins and a million yards of mottled pink boerewors.
1974E. Prov. Herald 28 Aug. 32Boerewors, our typical South African sausage, is a mixture of beef and pork and even fat game flavoured with coriander, ground clove, ground peppercorn, thyme, sage with vinegar, salt and pepper to taste.
1980A. PatonTowards Mountain 207Prayers were said over the wagons, meat and boerewors were cooked over the fires, nostalgic Afrikaner liedjies were sung.
1984R. Kenyon inReader’s Digest Jan. 39There is little delicacy in dealing with boerewors. In its raw state, you grapple with it like a snake charmer — great untamed metres of slippery, blotchy, pink python.
1989Sunday Times 19 Nov. (Mag. Sect.) 10Pavement boerewors wagons..started as a novelty, became a craze, then a nuisance and then a headline story as the cops moved in asking for a licence.
1990T. Mkhwanazi inWeekly Mail 2 Feb. 23Our hostess left and re-entered the room with a bowl of pap and another of boerewors — testimony to the ironic merging of the culture of indigenous people of Namibia with the culture of their arch enemies.
1991Natal Mercury 2 Apr. 2Boerewors casings are imported from New Zealand.
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