bojalwa, noun

Forms:
bajalo, boialloaShow more Also bajalo, boialloa, boïálloa, bojala, bojaloa, boyalwa.
Origin:
seTswana, Southern SothoShow more seTswana bojalwa, Southern Sotho bojaloa beer.
Among seTswana- and Southern Sotho-speakers:
1. obsolete. honey-beer.
1824 W.J. Burchell Trav. II. 552They..possess the art of making a beverage..from honey and water put into a state of fermentation by the addition of a certain root or by the dregs of a former preparation. This beverage is called boïálloa by the Bachapins, and is well known to the Hottentots by the Dutch name of honing-bier (honey-beer).
1834 T. Pringle Afr. Sketches 509A sort of mead, called honey-beer by the Hottentots, and boialloa by the Bechuanas, is used both by these tribes and the Caffers.
2.
a. tshwala sense a i. b.  tshwala sense b.
1826 A.G. Bain Jrnls (1949) 57We were invited to drink a beverage called Bajalo or Beer made from the Caffre Corn.
1850 R.G.G. Cumming Hunter’s Life I. 323The king..ordered ‘boyalwa’ or native beer, to be placed before them.
1960 C. Hooper Brief Authority 123He placed a jug of bojalwa, kaffir beer, on the table.
1975 M. Mutloatse in Bolt No.12, 18You rouse yourself early only to guzzle bojalwa heh!
1982 Pace May 34This is mageu and not bojalwa, which skokiaan and those others are.
1990 G. Slovo Ties of Blood 143Around him are the remains of last night’s festivities — the half-empty plates of food and the formerly full bottles of bojaloa now drained to the last drop.
honey-beer.
tshwalaa i. b. tshwalab.

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