borrie, noun

Forms:
boorie, boriShow more Also boorie, bori, borie, borri.
Origin:
Dutch, MalayShow more Dutch, from Malay boreh turmeric.
1. Turmeric, the yellow spice derived from the powdered root of the plant Curcuma longa of the Zingiberaceae.
[1798 S.H. Wilcocke tr. of J.S. Stavorinus’s Voy. to E. Indies II. 136The emperors [in Java] sometimes make criminals condemned to death fight with tigers. In such cases, the man is rubbed with borri, or turmeric.]
1847 A Bengali Notes on Cape of G.H. 84The ‘Turmeric’ (bori) is found in quantities in the Stellenbosch district.
[1925 H.J. Mandelbrote tr. of O.F. Mentzel’s Descr. of Cape of G.H. II. 39Among other imports are pepper, ginger, ‘burri-burri’, sugar-candy, castor-sugar, cotton-wool and cotton yarns, wax candles and ‘chiaten’ wood for beams.]
1975 G. Westwood Ross of Silver Ridge 105Make bobotie for lunch...Serve it with yellow rice, that is, rice cooked with sugar, salt, a knob of butter, a handful of raisins and a teaspoon of borrie — that’s what you call turmeric.
1977 Oppidan (Rhodes University) Sept. 4Add tomato, 2 teaspoons of masala, 1 teaspoon bori, stir and leave for a minute.
1988 F. Williams Cape Malay Cookbk 8Borrie,..Ground spice obtained from the dried root of a plant related to ginger. It has a slightly bitter taste and care should be taken not to exceed the amount recommended in a recipe...Borrie is..used in curries, pickled fish and sosaties and for colouring yellow rice.
2. Used attributively of vegetables, fruit, and trees with reference to the yellow colour of the flesh or wood, as borriepatat /-paˌtat/, /pə-/ [Afrikaans, patat sweet potato] or borrie sweet potato, and borrie yellow (sometimes simply borrie), lemon wood.
1887 A.A. Anderson 25 Yrs in Waggon I. 42The Pongola Bush..is a beautiful forest of fine timber...Ebenhout, a sort of ebony; Borrie yellow, Bockenhout, no regular grain; Assagaai, used for spear handles; [etc.].
1906 B. Davy in C.A. Smith Common Names (1966) 159The Lemonwood or Borie.
1949 L.G. Green In Land of Afternoon 62Very sweet and yellow is the borrie patat.
1970 Pickstone’s Catal. 12Quinces will succeed almost anywhere...We no longer propagate the well-known Borrie variety as it is a very poor bearer unless skilfully pruned.
1971 Argus 4 May 4 (caption)Mr Joe Nel..shows two giant ‘borrie’ sweet potatoes grown in his garden.
1977 Darling 16 Mar. 186Mrs Malan’s Stewed Sweet Potatoes. If available the fat yellow borrie-patat. Peel and slice them and stew gently in a little butter.
1983 M. Van Biljon in Sunday Times 6 Mar. (Mag. Sect.) 16To serve with snoek, put whole sweet potatoes (ask your green-grocer for ‘borriepatats’) into a oven pre-heated to 200 deg C.
1986 Cape Times 6 Feb. (advt)Borrie Sweet Potatoes 39c per kg.
Turmeric, the yellow spice derived from the powdered root of the plant Curcuma longa of the Zingiberaceae.
Used attributively of vegetables, fruit, and trees with reference to the yellow colour of the flesh or wood, as borriepatat-paˌtatpə-, patat sweet potato or borrie sweet potato, and borrie yellow (sometimes simply borrie), lemon wood.

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